The main standard within the Chain of Custody Program is the Chain of Custody Certification standard for individual companies that manufacture and trade FSC certified forest products (FSC-STD-40-004).
Individual objects or buildings of any size or scale that are built or renovated on a one-off basis can achieve FSC certification. The Chain of Custody Program sets the requirements for their use of FSC certified wood and post-consumer reclaimed wood material and products (FSC-STD-40-006).
Small enterprises may form or join a group of operations and apply for Group Chain of Custody Certification. FSC has specifically designed Group Chain of Custody Certification to make certification more accessible to small companies (FSC-STD-40-003).
Larger companies operating at multiple locations can, if they comply with certain requirements, choose to apply for Multi-site Chain of Custody Certification (FSC-STD-40-003). This makes use of elements of scale and thus is more economical than seeking a separate certificate for each site.
Both, Group and Multi-site Chain of Custody Certification require common, centrally administered and monitored control and reporting systems. These allow Certification Bodies to evaluate participating operations or sites based on samples.