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Advice Note on Access to Information regarding Species and Origin of Timber



In October 2010, the European Union adopted the EU Timber Regulation (Regulation 995/2010) to prevent sales of illegal timber and timber products on the EU internal market. On 3 March 2013 the regulation comes into force and, from this date onwards, anyone who places timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time must ensure that they have been legally produced.

In early 2012, following a mandate of the FSC Board of Directors, FSC initiated an updating process of its standards to ensure harmonization with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and other timber legality legislations such as the US Lacey Act and FLEGT.

This process includes adjustments in the FSC Chain of Custody requirements to ensure that FSC certified products comply with legally required information regarding species and origin of timber and timber products. To this end FSC has developed an Advice Note.


The development process is completed.


To harmonise FSC Chain of Custody Certification standards with applicable timber legislation.

Further process

The advice note was approved and first published in November 2012. An amended advice note was published in February 2013.

Click here to read the Directive FSC-DIR-40-004 containing the final version of the advice note.