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FSC Dispute Resolution System
Committed to facilitating consistent and timely evaluation of complaints and appeals

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FSC is committed to facilitating consistent and timely evaluation of complaints and appeals raised by stakeholders against decisions, performances or any other issues within the FSC scheme.

This process is fully defined through "FSC Dispute Resolution System" Procedures (FSC-PRO-01-009, FSC-PRO-01-008 and FSC-PRO-01-005) and other supporting documents.


Designed in a modular way, the FSC Dispute Resolution System supports stakeholders to express concerns they may have with the operation of the FSC system and to find the best way of resolving disputes.

FSC has developed a dispute resolution center for stakeholders to submit complaints and appeals online. Stakeholders may use the online form to submit a complaint about the operation of the FSC certification system, the FSC Network, the FSC accreditation program or the performance of FSC accredited certification bodies.

In the first instance complaints against certificate holders shall be forwarded in writing to the relevant certification body who shall undertake the investigation of the complaint.

Please go to the ASI website to view the latest list of FSC accredited certification bodies.

Any complaint about certified organizations which has not been referred to the relevant certification body for resolution will be directed to the CB and not handled by FSC.

Dispute Submission Form

FSC Dispute Resolution System Flowchart

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  • FSC Dispute Resolution System
    FSC Dispute Resolution System
  • FSC-PRO-01-009 (V3-0) EN Processing Policy for Association Complaints in the FSC<sup>®</sup> Certification Scheme
    FSC-PRO-01-009 (V3-0) EN Processing Policy for Association Complaints in the FSC® Certification Scheme
  • FSC-PRO-01-008 (V2-0) EN Processing Complaints in the FSC<sup>®</sup> Certification Scheme
    FSC-PRO-01-008 (V2-0) EN Processing Complaints in the FSC® Certification Scheme
  • FSC-PRO-01-005 (V3-0) EN
    FSC-PRO-01-005 (V3-0) EN
  • Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN)
    Policy for the Association of Organizations with FSC (FSC-POL-01-004 V2-0 EN)