Controlled Wood

Although FSC is the fastest growing forest certification system in the world, many forests still do not meet FSC’s standards for healthy forests and strong communities, which is why Controlled Wood exists. FSC Controlled Wood (CW) verification provides an assurance that 100% of the virgin fibre mixed with FSC-certified and recycled fibre comes from a verified and approved source.

FSC Controlled Wood has been verified NOT to come from:

  • Illegally harvested forests;
  • Forests harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
  • Forests in which high conservation values are threatened;
  • Forests that are being converted to plantations or non-forest use; or
  • Forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Controlled Wood Standard & Risk Assessment for Canada

FSC’s Controlled Wood standards define the minimum requirements that non-certified forests and fibre must meet in order to be mixed, under strict circumstances, with FSC-certified and/or recycled fibre.

For the fibre to qualify as FSC Controlled Wood, FSC Chain of Custody certified companies conduct a risk assessment, verified by third-party Certification Body, that non-certified forest fiber meets FSC's Controlled Wood requirements (as per FSC-STD-40-005). Forests may also be verified by third-party Certification Body through on-site audits to meet the FSC Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-30-010).

Revised Controlled Wood Standard

In March 2017, FSC updated the Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1). Certificate Holders will have until December 31, 2017 to transition to the new standard. A National Controlled Wood Risk Assessment is currently being developed by FSC Canada and is set to be completed in 2018. Organizations may continue to use company risk assessments until the National Risk Assessment for Canada is finalized. Learn more.

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