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The Revised Principles & Criteria
Requirements for Forest Management Certification

The Forest Stewardship Council’s Principles and Criteria (P&C) are the requirements certified forest owners, managers or forest industries must comply with in order to receive FSC forest management certification.

The Revised P&C (FSC-STD-01-001 V5-0) were approved in February 2012. Nevertheless, they shall not be used for audit until completion of the FSC International Generic Indicators and the transfer process of the National Standards is complete. Meanwhile, the previous version of the P&C (FSC-STD-01-001 V4-0) is to be used. For detailed information on the P&C review process, visit the P&C Review Website.

Explanatory Notes were also developed together with the revised Principles and Criteria. Explanatory Notes expand on the meaning and desired outcomes of the Principles and Criteria, and offer some context, background information, and sources of further material. These Explanatory Notes are not mandatory, but will be one of the basis for the development of the FSC International Generic Indicators. For more information, please visit the International Generic Indicators process website.

For detailed information on the Explanatory Notes, please download the document or visit the P&C Review Website.