Effective 16 May 2013, the suspension of SGS Hong Kong (SGS HK) by Accreditation Services International (ASI) has been lifted. The suspension, which came into effect on 26 March 2013, was due to SGS HK’s failure to address major non-conformities with FSC accreditation standards that had been identified (see Newsroom article dated 2 April 2013: https://ic.fsc.org/newsroom.9.336.htm). These non-conformities have now been closed out and ASI has lifted the suspension.
SGS HK – the largest certification body in Asia – may again issue new FSC Chain of Custody certificates, sign new certification contracts, and perform initial certification assessments. This applies to all geographic regions within SGS HK’s scope of operations, which includes China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
As previously indicated, the 2,819 valid FSC certificates issued by SGS HK prior to the suspension have not been affected, since SGS HK promptly addressed the non-conformities in response to the suspension.
The suspension and its subsequent lifting are clear signs of the high standards FSC expects its accredited certification bodies to meet and the meaningful steps that must be taken when lapses in compliance are identified. FSC is the only forest certification scheme that operates an international accreditation system capable of identifying systemic failures across countries and cultures.
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Forest Stewardship Council
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