Certification Resources

FSC has an array of resources to help you navigate the certification process. The links below provide an overview, and more comprehensive materials can be downloaded from the document centre. Please consider subscribing to our newsletter for the latest updates from across the FSC system.

FSC Certificiation Resource
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COVID-19 Guidance for Certification Bodies

Given the recent developments around the global outbreak of COVID-19 and increasing travel restrictions, we have updated the derogation that allows certification bodies unable to conduct on-site audits to either postpone the audit or replace it with desk audits. Internal auditors of group and multi-site certificates will soon be given similar options.

FSC is aware that desk audits cannot fully replace on-site audits, but we see this derogation as justified in the current situation: Our priority is  to protect the health of staff of certification bodies and certificate holders, and to support global measures to minimize the spread of the virus. To mitigate the difference in audit intensity and enable us to monitor the situation, we are setting up additional reporting requirements for the CBs.

With the flexible audit options, we aim to assure certificate holders that they need not be concerned of losing their certification status because auditors and staff are unable to conduct on-site audits in these challenging times. 

Additional information can be found in the FSC derogation (FSC-DER-2020-001) and related interpretation. This derogation is valid to 31 December.

FM Certification
Milan Reska
FSC forest management certification confirms that the forest is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability.
Workers for CoC Certification
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FSC chain of custody certification provides credible assurance for products with environmentally and socially responsible sources to access the market.
Agriculture
FSC GD / Milan Reška
Policies, Standards and Procedures are being developed or revised. Our development, review and revision process is comprehensive, transparent, inclusive and robust, aiming to promote stability and predictability with the FSC system.
FSC Ecosystem Services
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Ecosystem services (water, carbon, biodiversity, soil, and recreational services) are the benefits that we obtain from nature. They provide society with a wide range of benefits, from reliable flows of clean water to productive soil and carbon sequestration. In 2018, FSC introduced a procedure which aims to reward those who responsibly manage forests, thereby preserving ecosystem services.
FSC Certification Resources
FSC Denmark
This is an area with relevant trademark resources for certification bodies. If you are a certification body, please log in. If you have forgotten your log in details, please contact us.
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CC FWStudio
Go deeper into our investigations and our work with organizations currently excluded from the FSC scheme, and those who have been re-admitted after taking remedial action.