Friday, 01 October 2021
FSC Publishes New Version of the Trademark Standard for Certificate Holders
FSC International has published a revised version of the trademark standard FSC-STD-50-001 (V2-1) ‘Requirements for use of the FSC trademarks by certificate holders’, with changes to the MIX label text and controlled wood claims. The standard will become effective on 1 January 2022.
The transition period is 2.5 years, starting 1 January 2022 and ending 30 June 2024. During this period, FSC certificate holders may opt to use the revised version V2-1 or continue to use the previous version V2-0.
Reinforcing clear labelling and enhancing the understanding of controlled wood
Key changes to the standard include:
Updated: FSC MIX label text
The new MIX label text will now be ‘Supporting Responsible Forestry’. Read more about the new FSC MIX label, the rationale behind the change, and relevant timelines in this factsheet .
The new MIX label will be available in the FSC Trademark Portal from 1 January 2022. Between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2024 certificate holders may use either the current or the new MIX label. From 1 July 2024, only the new MIX label will be available for use.
New! Fixed controlled wood statements to enhance the understanding of controlled wood.
This new requirement allows FSC-certified organizations to communicate about controlled wood using standardized statement(s) and instructions that will be developed by FSC in order to enhance the understanding of controlled wood. Statements include:
- FSC® controlled wood mitigates the risk of forest products originating from unacceptable sources (fsc.org/en/cw).
- FSC® controlled wood mitigates the risk of forest products originating from unacceptable sources. FSC controlled wood requirements prohibit and are designed to avoid: illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights, wood from forests with threatened high conservation values, wood from forests with genetically modified trees and wood from forests converted to plantations or non-forest uses. For more information on FSC controlled wood see fsc.org/en/cw.
The controlled wood statements may be used by certificate holders from 1 January 2022 to promote sales or sourcing of controlled material or controlled wood. They may also be used to explain the meaning of controlled wood when describing the materials of a MIX labelled product.