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Advice Note on Non-conforming Products

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FSC has developed an Advice Note on non-conforming products. Non-conforming products are products or material for which an organization is unable to demonstrate that it complies with FSC requirements for making claims and / or for using the FSC on-product labels.


The development process is completed.


To strengthen the existing chain of custody system by introducing an additional safeguard to handle non-conforming product and to prevent that non-certified products are delivered as certified.

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.