Controlled Wood Standards

The main standards within the Controlled Wood system are:

Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0)

In order to use material as controlled wood, the company must implement chain of custody requirements (FSC-STD-40-004) and the requirements for controlled wood outlined in FSC-STD-40-005. According to FSC-STD-40-005, the company shall use only material purchased as controlled from another FSC certificate holder or verify material itself.

For company verification, the company must assess the area from where material is purchased through a risk assessment. When there is low risk of wood coming from unacceptable sources, risk designation for the area is low. When risk is not low for all controlled Wood categories, or information is not sufficient to confirm low risk, the risk designation is unspecified. In areas of unspecified risk, the organization shall conduct further verification in accordance with FSC requirements. If the material cannot meet the requirements it cannot be used in FSC Mix products.

Organization's evaluation of Controlled Wood

FSC Directive on FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-DIR-40-005)

FSC has received input from stakeholders, including Certification Bodies, requesting a reduction in the number of normative documents and to make the normative standards system more comprehensible. FSC therefore combined all previous Advice Notes into a single document or “directive”. An FSC directive includes all advice issued in relation to a single standard. The relation to a particular standard is reflected in the document code. Where new advice is approved, these are added to the directive and the revised document reissued.

FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises (FSC-STD-30-010)

This standard specifies the basic requirements applicable at the forest management unit (FMU) level for forest management enterprises to demonstrate to a company or third party certification body that wood supplied is controlled.

It requires forest management enterprises to provide evidence that the wood they supply has been controlled to avoid wood that is illegally harvested, harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, harvested in forest management units in which high conservation values are threatened by management activities, harvested in areas in which forests are being converted to plantations or non-forest use or harvested from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Training on the revised controlled wood standard

As a result of the revision of the FSC controlled wood system, the controlled wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 was revised. Following this, FSC has established a training programme to assist stakeholders to understand the revised standard, which consists of a series of webinars and informational materials. More information is available here, and materials can be downloaded below.

Revision of the Controlled Wood system

Since the FSC Mix label was introduced in 2004, some stakeholders have expressed concerns about FSC’s approach to Controlled Wood and the Controlled Wood standards. As a result of a continued wide discussion among stakeholders, the FSC Membership decided to revise and strengthen the Controlled Wood standards.

Read more here.

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