FSC is currently updating its standards to ensure harmonization with timber legality legislations, such as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), US Lacey Act and FLEGT. The harmonization process includes the phase out of non-certified/ non-controlled components in FSC certified products.

A second round of public stakeholder consultation is now launched on a revised draft Advice note on minor components, which has been amended based on stakeholder feedback gathered during the first consultation phase. Additionally a first revised draft of the minor components derogation procedure has been created and is also published for stakeholder comments.

To ensure an improved transitioning process, FSC proposes to allow certificate holders that manufacture products which are not affected by timber legality legislation (such as non timber forest products, printed materials as defined in the EUTR) to apply for an extended 3 year phase out timeline of minor components, based on a revised derogation procedure.

Certificate holders affected by timber legality legislation will need to phase out minor components by the end of 2012.

It is suggested that companies with stocks of products containing minor components manufactured before 31 December 2012 may continue to sell them until the stocks run out, provided that a qualifying statement is made to inform customers that minor components are not included in the scope of FSC certification.

Documents under consultation
Please provide your comments on the draft Advice note on minor components and on the revised minor components derogation procedure by using the comment form. Please send your comments to Dorothee Jung at d.jung@fsc.org.
The deadline for submitting comments is 6 September 2012.

All documents can be found here.