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FSC Timber Legality Compliance
Specific Steps Taken by FSC to Ensure Compliance with Timber Legality Laws

FSC’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 US and Australia. 

On 1 November 2012, FSC published its updated Directive on Chain of Custody, which was then followed by a new update on the 27th February 2013. This now contains four Advice Notes which have particular relevance for ensuring consistency with timber legality legislation:

  • Advice 40-004-08 Non-conforming product; 
  • Advice 40-004-09 Minor components derogations; 
  • Advice 40-004-10 Access to information regarding species and origin of timber.
  • Advice 40-004-11 Trade and Customs Laws

All three advice notes can be found in: 
FSC Directive on Chain of Custody Certification (Document) 

On the 28th February, FSC also published three Advice Notes on Applicable National and Local Laws and Regulations, in relation to FSC certification and Controlled Wood evaluation.

They are to be found in:

For specific questions, please contact John Hontelez, Chief Advocacy Officer: j.hontelez at fsc point org