Interpretations of the normative framework


This section gives you access to current standard interpretations separated by topics and related normative documents.


FSC-DIR-40-004 COC Directive


Question

May the claim “registered” for chip and fibre components of product groups with a reduced labelling threshold of 50% be passed on along several organizations of a supply chain?

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-40-004
Requirement(s)ADVICE-40-004-03
PublishedMonday, 19. May 2014

Answer

Yes, the claim “registered” may be passed on according to the requirements of Advice 3 of ADVICE-40-004-03 together with the “registered” material / products.

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Do all NTFP (non-timber forest product) ingredients/components of a product need to be certified?

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-40-004
Requirement(s)ADVICE-40-004-06 of FSC-DIR-40-004
PublishedTuesday, 07. August 2012

Answer

No. For NTFP products, it is acceptable that only one ingredient/component is FSC certified as long as clear reference to the certified ingredient/component is made on the FSC label and/or associated statements.

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Do NTFP (Non-timber forest product) components in a wood-based product (e.g. a rattan seat in a wooden chair) need to be certified?

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-40-004
Requirement(s)ADVICE-40-004-06 of FSC-DIR-40-004
PublishedTuesday, 07. August 2012

Answer

The use of a non-certified NTFP component in a wood-based product is acceptable where the components are distinguishable and the FSC label specifies wood as the certified component. Where the forest-based components are not distinguishable (e.g. a paper containing both NTFP and wood), both shall be certified in order to carry the FSC label.

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Question

Does the release paper in envelopes need to be FSC certified?

Normative ReferenceFSC-DIR-40-004, FSC-STD-50-001
Requirement(s)ADVICE-40-004-06 of FSC-DIR-40-004 and Clause 2.4 of FSC-STD-50-001
PublishedThursday, 22. March 2012

Answer

No. The envelope is the main product and needs to be FSC certified. The release paper has a secondary function and its certification is optional.

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