In November 2015, FSC approved the Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0) and the revised standard comes into effect on July 01, 2016.
Canadian certificate holders implementing this standard will be required to complete a ‘simplified risk assessment’, in accordance with Annex A of the revised standard. FSC is developing training materials designed to help stakeholders understand the new standard, including requirements for due diligence and simplified risk assessments.
Transition to the Revised Standard
Specific details around the transition period:
- The effective date of the revised standard is July 01, 2016.
- This begins a one year transition period, during which the current version of the standard is phased out, and the revised version is phased in.
- Within the transition period, certificate holders can choose to be audited to V2-1 or V3-0, but shall be evaluated against V3-0 by the end of it by June 30, 2017.
- At the end of the transition period, V2-1 of the standard will be withdrawn. Any outstanding certificates (previously certified against V2-1) shall be withdrawn on December 31, 2017.
Requirements for the transition to revised FSC normative documents are contained in FSC-PRO-01-001 The Development and Revision of FSC Normative Documents.
Training on the revised controlled wood standard
As a result of the revision of the FSC controlled wood system, the controlled wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 was revised. Following this, FSC has established a training programme to assist stakeholders to understand the revised standard, which consists of a series of webinars and informational materials. More information is available here, and materials can be downloaded below.