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National Standards Update


Once the Policy and Standards Unit (PSU) has approved the Work Plan developed by the Standards Development Group (SDG), National Standards development go through the following summarized phases:

1. Under development by SDG.
The standard is in active development by the SDG. During this time PSU offers advice and orientation to the SDGs. Continuous feedback and communication between the PSU and the SDGs is important to assure the success of this phase.

2. Under assessment by PSU.
At the end of the development process and with the formal approval of the SDG, the pre-approval draft is submitted to PSU for assessment. The PSU elaborates an assessment report with pre-approval conditions to be addressed by the SDG. 

3. Addressing pre- approval conditions by SDG.
The PSU sends back the revised pre-approval draft of the standard to the SDG to amend the pre-approval conditions.

4. Submitted to Policy and Standards Committee (PSC) /BoD for decision.
Once the final draft of the standard has been accepted by PSU, it will be sent to the PSC to give the final approval of the standard. 

The table below gives the current progress levels of National Forest Stewardship Standards with PSU. Click on the country name to view the current draft in progress. 

Visit regularly for updates!
Country/Region Status Tentative Target Date
to finalise standard
or submit to PSC for decision
Brazil (SLIMF) Standard Approved with pre-conditions.
Not yet effective
Dependent on how soon the SDG address pre-condition
Czech Republic Addressing pre-approval conditions September 2013
(Next PSC meeting)
Honduras Standard Approved with pre-conditions.
Not yet effective
Dependent on how soon the SDG address pre-condition
Latvia Addressing pre-approval conditions April 2013
Nicaragua Standard Approved with pre-conditions.
Not yet effective
Dependent on how soon the SDG address pre-condition
Poland Standard Approved with pre-conditions.
Not yet effective
Dependent on how soon the SDG address pre-condition
South Africa Under assessment by PSU September 2013
(Next PSC meeting)

For more information, please contact Gordian Fanso, National Standards Manager, at g.fanso@fsc.org.