National Risk Assessment

At the 2011 FSC General Assembly, the FSC Membership passed Policy Motion 51 to ‘Strengthen the Controlled Wood System’. The motion includes a revision of the Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005), an evaluation of existing risk assessments, the phase-out of company developed Risk Assessments and the development of FSC National Controlled Wood Risk Assessments.

Development of a National Risk Assessment (NRA) provides a consistent application of our Standards and Policies and helps our Certificate Holders better avoid products 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.

FSC Canada National Risk Assessment: Draft 1 public consultation

The consultation period is open from March 1 – April 30, 2018.

The draft of the FSC Canada Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment (NRA) is now available for public consultation. The process and structure for developing this draft NRA is based on the FSC International framework for National Risk Assessments (FSC-PRO-60-002 V3-0 and FSC-PRO-60-002a V1-0). Once finalized, the NRA will be required to be used by FSC Chain of Custody certificate holders who source non-certified materials in the production of FSC-certified products, under the Controlled Wood standard (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1).

All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to provide input on the draft National Risk Assessment. The consultation period is open from March 1 – April 30, 2018.

To review the NRA:

  • Download the full NRA
  • Access supplementary documentation
  • Download the comment form

FSC Canada is seeking specific feedback on the NRA regarding:

  • content;
  • sources of information used to assess risk;
  • justification for risk designations; and
  • appropriateness of Control Measures to mitigate identified risk.

Responses to comments received will be published in a stakeholder consultation report, with the exception of comments from stakeholders who have requested that their comments be treated as confidential.

For more information, please contact FSC Canada:
Christine Korol
National Risk Assessment Coordinator

Development & Timeline

Below is a summary of the process FSC Canada will take to develop a National Risk Assessment.

Task Timeline
Chamber-balanced working group established complete
Development of draft 1 of the National Risk Assessment complete
60-day public consultation on draft 1 of the National Risk Assessment complete
Stakeholder feedback analysis Summer 2018
30 day public consultation of Draft 2 of the National Risk Assessment Fall 2018
Final National Risk Assessment to be submitted to FSC International for approval January 2019
Expected approval of National Risk Assessment May 2019

Working Group Members

Aboriginal Chamber
Darren Haines Lawyer, Ratcliff & Company LLP
Chris Craig Senior Forestry Technician, South Nation Conservation ; member of the Algonquins of Pikwákanagán
Social Chamber
Satnam Manhas Program Manager, Forest & Ecosystem Services, Ecotrust Canada
Nicloas Blanchette President, INCOS Strategies
Economic Chamber
Charlene Strelaeff Forestry Supervisor, Zellstoff Celgar LP
Etienne Belanger Director, Forestry, Forest Products Association of Canada
Environmental Chamber
Florence Daviet National Forest Program Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
John Cathro President, Cathro Consulting Ltd.

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