What do Certificate Holders need to do?
CoC Certificate holders must be able to demonstrate (to external third-party auditors) that they are implementing the new requirements in their operations, including:
- Adopting policy statement(s) that encompass the FSC core labor requirements
- Implementing these requirements in their operations
- Describing this implementation, and identifying evidence of implementation, in self-assessments (which are verified by auditors)
The transition period for the new version of the FSC Chain of Custody Standard (FSC-STD-40-004-v3-1) began September 1, 2021. Both versions of the standard are valid during the transition period, but all certificate holders must be audited to the new standard by December 31, 2022.