Technical Updates


Tuesday, 30 June 2020
FSC extends transition period for FSC Pesticides Policy and National Standards


Given the increasing travel restrictions due to COVID-19, certification bodies are unable to conduct on-site audits and that forest management certificate holders may find it difficult to adhere to FSC’s requirements.

In response to the current situation, FSC International has extended the following timelines:

Date to transition to National Forest Management Standard
Forest Management Certificate Holders will have an additional 6 months to transition to the new standard. This means that all audits must be carried out to the new standard by June 30, 2021.Certificate holders can choose to be evaluated to the current forest management regional standards or the revised National Forest Management Standard for its first evaluation. But all certificate holders will be evaluated against the revised National Forest Management Standard by June 30, 2021.

Date to transition to Pesticides policy
Certificate holders will have until December 31, 2020 to adhere to the policy. The extended timeline applies to derogations due to expire before December 31st, 2020; deadline to conduct environmental and social risk assessments for newly listed highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and HHPs that were previously listed but did not require derogations; and the deadline to conduct environmental and social risk assessments for other chemical pesticides.



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