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FSC Standards Interpretations


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

FSC-POL-20-002 Partial Certification


Question

Does research on GMOs by FSC certificate holders constitute a breach of the FSC Partial Certification Policy?

Normative Reference FSC-POL-20-002
Requirement(s) Section 4
Published Friday, 04. July 2008
Answer

Research on GMOs (as defined in this policy) outside FSC certified forest management units does not represent lack of commitment to the FSC and as such does not represent a breach of the FSC Partial Certification Policy. This is clearly established by the Policy itself.

For the purposes of this clarification, research is understood as activities that:

  • have a clear investigative purpose (i.e. test a hypothesis),
  • are carried out on a limited scale and with defined timelines that are compatible to the scope of the research,
  • are conducted following all related legal requirements, including safeguards and permits.


Question

Does FSC still require that FSC members have to have a significant part of their production forests certified by an FSC accredited certification body or be certified within a reasonable time frame (normally this will not exceed two years).

Normative Reference FSC-POL-20-002
Requirement(s) Section 1 (Rules for FSC members)
Published Friday, 04. July 2008
Answer

No, until further clarification from FSC, FSC members shall follow the requirements as stipulated for non-members (Section 2)