The French NFSS was approved by the FSC Board’s policy and standards committee (PSC) on 8 July 2016 on the basis that some conditions were to be addressed by the standard development group (SDG) before the PSU would assign an effective date.

The SDG has successfully addressed these conditions. The PSC decision note that gives more details on the conditions issued at the time of approval is available upon request.

At the request of FSC France after consultation with national stakeholders, the French NFSS will become effective on the date of its announcement, i.e. 16 May 2017.

Conformity assessment bodies (CABs) in France are required to inform all their clients about the new standard immediately. All new assessments will be against the new standard. However, existing certificate holders will need to be audited against the new standard within 12 months of the effective date of the new standard to retain their certification status – any certificates based on the old standard will be considered expired by FSC as of 16 May 2018.

Where major corrective action requests (CARs) are issued as a result of a non-compliance with a new requirement, the client may be granted an extension of up to six (6) months to close them (per FSC-STD-20-007 clause 8.10). New requirements are those elements that are entirely new to the standard rather than a rewording of previous requirements.

The PSU would like to take this opportunity to join with the PSC in congratulating the French SDG for being one of the first to complete an NFSS development process in accordance with the revised Principles and Criteria (P&C version 5) and related documents.

If you have any questions about the assessment and approval process of NFSS standards, please contact Fon. Gordian Fanso at

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