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National Standards
Integrating local expertise with the FSC system

The FSC Principles and Criteria (P&C) set out the global requirements for achieving FSC forest management certification.

However, any international standard for forest management needs to be adapted at the regional or national level in order to reflect the diverse legal, social and geographical conditions of forests in different parts of the world.

The process for developing the FSC Forest Stewardship Standards (FSS) follows the requirements set out in the FSC procedure document FSC-STD-60-006 V1-2 named “Process requirements for developing and maintenance of National Forest Stewardship Standards”.

The FSC Forest Management Program advises National Standards Development Groups (SDGs) as they work through the process of developing a National Forest Stewardship Standard. This process requires the addition of indicators, verifiers, norms, guidance and in some cases interpretations to the FSC P&C. The FSC P&C together with a set of such indicators approved by the FSC International Board’s Policy and Standards Committee (PSC), constitute an FSC National or Regional Forest Stewardship Standard.

When consensus is reached at national or regional level, the FSC Forest Management Program evaluates the National Forest Stewardship Standard to ensure they fully reflect FSC’s requirements on Structure and Content of National Forest Stewardship Standards FSC-STD-60-002(V1-0) and also that a credible process was followed.

The FSC Policy and Standards Committee that has been delegated by the FSC Board of Directors to approve Regional and National Forest Stewardship Standards meets and make a decision over a pre-approved standard.

For an overview of current FSC Forest Stewardship Standards that have been submitted for assessment and subsequent approval, please visit the update section of this website. You can also download the standards from each country webpage. For any enquiries write to Gordian Fanso at g.fanso at fsc point org or call 0049 228 36766 46

Approved FSC Standards

Below is an overview of approved FSC National and Regional Forest Stewardship standards. Click on the links to download a copy.
Country Name of Standard Date of Approval Comments
Bolivia FSC-STD-BOL-04-2000-Bolivia Low Lands May, 1998 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Bolivia FSC-STD-BOL-08-2002 Bolivia Brazilian Nut August, 2001 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Brazil FSC-STD-BRA-01-2001 Brazil Natural Forest July, 2001 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Brazil FSC-STD-BRA-03-2013 Brazil SLIMF July, 2013 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Cameroon FSC-STD-CAM-01-2012 Cameroon Natural and Plantations April, 2012 Standard will be transfered to the revised P&C at the end of the IGI development process
Cameroon FSC-STD-CAM-01-2010 Cameroon Community SLIMF December, 2010 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Canada FSC-STD-CAN-03-2000 Canadian Maritime January 2000 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Canada FSC-STD-CAN-17-2005 Canadian British Colombia October, 2005 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Canada FSC-STD-CAN-03-2004 Canadian Boreal June, 2004 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Canada FSC-STD-CAN-01-2008 Canadian Maritime SLIMF January, 2008 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Central African Republic FSC-STD-CB-01-2012-EN Congo Basin Regional Standard April, 2012 Regional Standard will be transfered to the revised P&C at the end of the IGI development process
Republic of Congo FSC-STD-RoC-01-2012 Natural and Plantation Regional Standard April, 2012 Standard will be transfered to the revised P&C at the end of the IGI development process
Chile FSC-STD-CHL-01-2005 Chile Natural and SLIMF December, 2005 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Chile FSC-STD-CHL-01-2005 Chile Plantation and SLIMF December, 2005 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Colombia FSC-STD-COL-01-2006 Colombia Bamboo (SLIMF) February, 2006 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Colombia FSC-STD-COL-14-2003 Colombia Natural Forest February, 2003 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Colombia FSC-STD-COL-18-2003 Colombia Plantation Forest ESP August, 2003 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Democratic Republic of the Congo FSC-STD-CB-01-2012-EN Congo Basin Regional Standard April, 2012 Regional Standard will be transfered to the revised P&C at the end of the IGI development process
Republic of the Congo FSC-STD-RoC-01-2012-EN RoC Natural and Plantation Regional Standard April, 2012 Standard will be transfered to the revised P&C at the end of the IGI development process
Czech Republic FSC-STD-CZE-10-2006-04 Czech Natural and Plantation Forest September, 2005 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Denmark FSC-STD-DNK-01-2004 Denmark Natural and Plantation Forest November, 2004 Standard will be revised with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Finland FSC-STD-FIN-V1-1-2010 Finland natural forests November, 2010 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Gabon FSC-STD-CB-01-2012-EN Congo Basin Regional Standard April, 2012 Regional Standard will be transfered to the revised P&C at the end of the IGI development process
Germany FSC-STD-DEU-02.3-2012 Germany Natural and Plantations April, 2012 Standard will be reviewed after the IGI development and transfered into the revised P&C
Ghana FSC-STD-GHA-01-2012 Ghana Natural and Plantations Forest July, 2012 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Ireland FSC-STD-IRL-01-2012- Irish Natural and Plantation March, 2012 Standard will be reviewed after the IGI development and transfered into the revised P&C
Kosovo FSC-STD-KV-01-2012- Kosovo Natural and Plantation June, 2012 Standard will be reviewed after the IGI development and transfered into the revised P&C
Luxembourg FSC-STD-LUX-01-2007-Luxembourg Natural and Plantation March, 2007 Standard will be reviewed and revised after the IGI development and transfered into the revised P&C
Mexico FSC-STD-MEX-05-2010-Mexico Natural and Plantation ESP December, 2010 Standard will be reviewed after the IGI development and transfered into the revised P&C
Netherlands FSC-STD-NLD-01-2004-Netherlands Natural and Plantation November, 2004 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
New Zealand FSC-STD-NZL-01-2012 New Zealand plantations September, 2013 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Papua New Guinea FSC-STD-PNG-01-2010-Papua New Guinea Natural and Plantation April,2010 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Peru FSC-STD-PER-06-2001-Peru Natural July, 2001 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Peru FSC-STD-PER-10-2002 Peru Brazilian Nut (SLIMF) ESP January, 2002 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Portugal FSC-STD-PRT-01-2012 Portugal plantations and Natural April, 2012 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Russia FSC-STD-RUS-V6-1-2012 Russia Natural and Plantations October, 2012 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Spain FSC-STD-ESP-02-2012 Spain Natural and Plantation ESP September, 2012 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
Sweden FSC-STD-SWE-02-2010 Sweden Natural, Plantation and SLIMF May, 2010 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C
United Kingdom FSC-STD-GBR-02-2011 UK Forests and Woodlands April, 2012 Standard will be reviewed after the IGI development and transfered into the revised P&C
United States of America FSC-STD-USA-01-2010 USA Natural and Plantations Forests July, 2010 Standard will be reviewed with the transfer process into the revised P&C