Chain of Custody Certification

FSC chain of custody certification provides credible assurance for products with environmentally and socially responsible sources to access the market.

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CoC certification

FSC chain of custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified and non-controlled material as it makes its way along the supply chain, from the forest to the market.

To achieve chain of custody certification, your business must meet the FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification standard.

All sizes and organizational structures are possible for chain of custody certification, including single-site, multi-site, and groups of organizations, enabling certification cost optimization.

The following relevant documents are available to download in the document centre:

FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification

FSC-STD-40-003 Chain of Custody Certification of Multiple Sites

FSC-certified products may carry a different composition, including FSC-certified forest material (FSC 100%), controlled wood and/or reclaimed material, the latter being introduced in recognition of the important role that reclaimed material plays in protecting the world’s forests.

The following relevant document is available to download in the document centre:

FSC-STD-40-007 Sourcing reclaimed material for use in FSC Product Groups or FSC Certified Projects

Project certification

FSC project certification provides third-party assurance for projects made of or containing forest-based materials from responsible sources. There are a range of options for certifying organizations of all sizes that manage projects, from small to large entities, as well as a variety of project types, for example, a single wooden boat, office building, a subdivision of houses, a civil engineering project, event infrastructure (concert stages, seating).

Find out more about project certification in the following document, available in the document centre:

FSC-STD-40-006 FSC Chain of Custody Standard for Project Certification

Controlled wood

Controlled wood is material from acceptable sources that can be mixed with FSC-certified material in products that carry the 'FSC Mix' label. The controlled wood requirements identify five categories of unacceptable sources, which cannot be mixed with FSC-certified material. These are:

  • Illegally harvested wood
  • wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
  • wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values (HCVs) are threatened by management activities
  • wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted

The controlled wood standard

FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 FSC Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood - This standard directs businesses to avoid sourcing material from unacceptable sources. You can find our written summary of the important dates and deadlines introduced by V3-1 of the standard here.

Controlled wood risk assessments

FSC risk assessments are used to determine the risk of an organization obtaining material from unacceptable wood sources when sourcing controlled wood.

For companies with, or seeking, chain of custody certification that need to source controlled wood from non-FSC certified suppliers, risk assessments must be used.

FSC risk assessments can either be a Centralized National Risk Assessment (CNRA), developed by the Performance and Standards Unit, or a National Risk Assessment (NRA), developed by a partner in the country.

All approved FSC risk assessments can be found in the FSC document centre, including the current timetable for CNRA and NRA development, and an overview of published and unpublished CNRA and NRA risk designations.



Document Centre

From policies, to national standards, to controlled wood risk assessments, the most up-to-date versions of documents from our normative framework can be found here in the FSC document centre.


Strategy for FSC Mix products and controlled wood 29-04-2019
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Controlled Wood Implementation Packet
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