FSC International – Forests for All Forever

Facts & Figures

200,025,086 ha certified
38,333 CoC certificates
1,639 FM/CoC certificates

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Accreditation Program
Ensuring excellence in certification


FSC does not issue certificates itself. Independent certification bodies carry out the forest management and chain of custody assessments that lead to FSC certification.

FSC sets the standards for forest management and chain of custody certification, and defines the procedures that certification bodies should follow in their certification assessments.

Accredited certification bodies are checked regularly to make sure they operate in line with our rules. FSC is the only global forest certification system to have an integrated accreditation program that systematically checks its certification bodies.

Accreditation Services International (ASI) is responsible for checking certification body compliance with our rules and procedures through a combination of field and office audits. All FSC accredited certification bodies must meet the FSC accreditation requirements.

In the same way that certification bodies carry out annual checks on holders of FSC forest management and chain of custody certificates, so ASI carries out annual checks on the certification bodies, through office and field audits.

Past and upcoming accreditation assessments can be seen on the ASI website.