Information on closed development and review and revision processes provides stakeholders with insights into how normative documents were developed and revised.
In September 2011, FSC established a Working Group to guide the review and revision process that aims to create a multiple-site standard covering both group and multi-site organizations.
The revision of the Accreditation standard incorporates changes in the requirements for evaluations of CoC Multi-site and Group certificates and for Controlled Wood.
This procedure describes the requirements for participation of external observers in on-site FSC certificiation audits and / or ASI assessments.
In July 2011 a Working Group was established to guide the revision process of this procedure, responding to FSC Membership Motions of the General Assembly in 2008 and 2011.
In early 2012, following a mandate of the FSC Board of Directors, FSC initiated an updating process of its standards to ensure harmonization with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and other timber legality legislations such as the US Lacey Act and FLEGT.
This Advice note was drafted to provide clear requirements and timelines for the termination of minor components exemptions and to harmonise with existing timber legality legislation.
FSC has developed an Advice Note on non-conforming products.
FSC has developed an Advice Note for using a special label to differentiate products originating from FSC certified community and small or community producers around the globe.
The Forest Stewardship Council provides a forum to bring divergent perspectives together and strengthen the global standard for responsible management of plantations.
In 2005 FSC identified the need to start a review process of the Group Forest Management Policy in order to incorporate streamlined requirements for both, forest managers and certification bodies.
Development and approval of national and regional Forest Stewardship Standards has been transfered from Accreditation Services International to the FSC Policy and Standards Program.
An Advice Note was developed on Certification of Management Units (MUs) with areas converted from natural forest to plantations after 1994.
Over the past couple of years FSC has been working with others to provide Guidance on the High Conservation Value (HCV) concept with a focus on forests.