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FSC Standards Interpretations

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FSC-STD-30-010 CW FM Enterprises


How should the nationally developed HCV Framework be applied according to the standard FSC-STD-30-010?

The standard FSC-STD-30-010 requires, that the Forest Management Enterprise shall consider guidance that may be provided by FSC International, FSC regional offices, or by FSC accredited
national initiatives in relation to interpreting the requirements of FSC-STD-30-010 in a particular national or sub-national context.
There is an approved ‘High Conservation Values (HCVs) evaluation framework for use in the con-text of implementing FSC Certification to the FSC Principles and Criteria and Controlled Wood standards’ developed by FSC Australia. The following questions aim to clarify how to implement the Framework.
How shall requirements be interpreted that use the term ‘consider’ – are all the elements of the Framework mandatory? Or can the FME select which elements they deem to be relevant?
Do all of the steps need to be followed for each HCV1-6? Note that some of the steps have been pointed out to be contradictory.
Is there any difference in the Framework requirements for SLIMF or plantation forest?

Normative Reference FSC-STD-30-010
Requirement(s) Clause 1 e) (Note)
Published Wednesday, 21. August 2013

FME shall use approved HCV Framework and apply all its elements relevant for FME. In case of contradiction these shall be reported to relevant FSC National Partner and PSU.

SLIMF: HCV Framework serves mainly for HCV identification. Annex 2 of FSC-STD-30-010 (5.2) requires HCVs identification, thus HCV Framework shall be used in SLIMF operations.

Plantation: Framework shall also be used for plantations when relevant as per Framework contents.


The use of the present tense (being converted; take place, etc.) suggests that FSC accepts conversion that has happened in the past. But until when? What is the cut-off date?

Normative Reference FSC-STD-30-010 V2-0
Requirement(s) Section 6
Published Friday, 08. February 2013

The cut-off date for FSC certification for controlled wood for forest management enterprises is the date when the organization signs the certification agreement with the CAB as this document includes the general requirement to adhere to all applicable rules and regulations as published by FSC (see FSC-STD-20-001 V3-0 Clause 7.2 c).


In countries where there is an approved FSC National Standard, how should approved elements in the national standard which could equally pertain to the interpretation and application of Controlled Wood (FSC -STD-30-010 V2-0) be regarded?

Normative Reference FSC-STD-30-010 V2-0
Requirement(s) Clause 3.2, Intent Box.
Published Friday, 04. May 2012

Where elements of an approved national standard can be equally applied to the interpretation and application of Controlled Wood in a given country, these elements shall be applied in relation to the specific category of Controlled Wood; e.g. advice in the national standard on the assessment of legal compliance.