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Forest Stewardship Council Certification of Wood and Forestry Products

FSC certifies forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards.

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Forest Stewardship Council certification assures consumers that the wood products they purchase come from forests managed to conserve biodiversity and support local communities, while constantly striving toward more sustainable practices. FSC maintains an extensive database of certified wood products.

FSC is a stakeholder owned system for promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It accredits independent third party organizations who can certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards.

Over the past 13 years, over 90 million hectares in more than 82 countries have been certified according to FSC standards while several thousand products are produced using FSC-certified wood and carrying the FSC trademark. FSC operates through its network of National Initiatives in 43 countries.

FSC Certification

FSC certification is carried out by FSC accredited certification bodies. FSC itself does not certify forest operations or manufacturers. This maintains FSC's independence between its standards and requirements, and operations seeking certification.

FSC provides monthly updates on the certificates issued by FSC accredited certification bodies. The latest lists are available in the Certificates Lists section in the Document Center.

There are two types of FSC certificates available from certification bodies:

Forest Management (FM) Certificate

Forest management certification involves an inspection of the forest management unit by an independent FSC-accredited certification body to check that the forest complies with the internationally-agreed FSC Principles of Responsible Forest Management. Before a certified forest operation can sell their products as FSC certified, they must also obtain chain of custody certification (FM/COC).

Chain of Custody (COC) Certificate

Chain of custody certification provides a guarantee about the production of FSC-certified products. Chain-of-custodý is the path taken by raw materials from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. From a customer perspective, the FSC label represents a promise that is being made to them. Chain of custody standards are the mechanism FSC has to ensure that 'promise' is delivered.

Operations that have been independently verified for FSC chain of custody certification are eligible to label their products with the FSC logo.

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