© FSCFSC’s Principles and Criteria already focus on compliance with existing legislation.
But some adaptations to the standards and indicators derived from the Principles and Criteria have been necessary in order to ensure consistency with specific requirements in the laws of the EU, the USA and Australia.
Since 2012, FSC has taken different measures to ensure its system complies with the timber legality laws of the USA, EU and Australia. Central in this exercise is the adoption of advice notes addressing certificate holders and certification bodies. In most cases, these advice notes relate to specific FSC Standards. Below is an overview and links to the specific texts.
On 28 February 2013, FSC published Advice Note 20-007-20 on Applicable National and Local Laws and Regulations, in relation to FSC certification. This Advice Note was revised on 10 July 2014. It addresses, in the first place, certification bodies, but is also meant as a reference list for forest managers.
The advice note can be found at:
On 28 February 2013, FSC also published Advice Notes 40-005-19 and 30-010-01 on Applicable National and Local Laws and Regulations, in relation to FSC’s Standards on Controlled Wood. These advice notes were last revised on 10 July 2014. In addition, Advice Note 40-005-20 was adopted, with limited duration, about categorization of EU countries as “low risk” for co-products.
The advice notes can be found at:
Please note: these advice notes address specific groups in the FSC supply chains. All certificate holders anywhere in the world are advised to study them to determine if and when they are relevant.
Please contact John Hontelez,
Chief Advocacy Officer,
Mail to: j.hontelez at fsc point org