This procedure is a key document in the FSC system that defines:
The revised procedure was developed by a Technical Working Group over the last two years and went through three rounds of public stakeholder consultation before it was presented to the FSC Board of Directors for approval in March 2013.
The procedure is based on the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards (2010) and responds to recommendations by the FSC membership expressed in Motion 35:2008 (‘Motion to implement a formal procedure for FSC standard setting that will allow for realistic implementation of standards‘) and Motion 36:2011 (Annual Policy Manual for the FSC System, for use by accredited certifiers, National Initiatives, ASI auditors, both candidate and certified operations, and stakeholders).
FSC will start using this procedure with immediate effect.
The procedure is currently being translated into Spanish and will also be distributed once finalised.
FSC is working on a ‘Stakeholder Guide to FSC normative documents’. Watch out for this document to be published within the next few weeks.