On 01 January 2022, a new version of  ADVICE-40-004-18 Addressing false FSC claims on products/projects containing material from unacceptable sources and FSC-PRO-10-003 Calculating Financial Penalty/Compensation Fee and Processing Evidence for Blocked Organizations will become effective. 

These new versions clarify and provide more guidance on how to deal with false claims. New content includes: 

  • Clarification of the scope of the Advice Note 

  • Clarification of actions to be taken by certification bodies, certificate holders and FSC/ASI 

  • Recording of false claims on the FSC certification database

  • Requirements for undertaking a root cause analysis of false claims and options to self-declare false claims 

  • Hierarchy of consequences for types of false claims – ranging from non-conforming products requirements to blockage 

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and duty of co-operation