National Risk Assessment

Controlled Wood (© Forest Stewardship Council A.C.)© Forest Stewardship Council A.C.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.


Jan. 15, 2018 – FSC Canada has submitted a draft National Risk Assessment (NRA) to FSC International for internal review. This draft version includes revisions and updates to FSC Canada’s Centralized National Risk Assessment (CNRA), based on input and direction from FSC Canada’s NRA Working Group. The draft NRA addresses all 5 Categories of controlled wood.

FSC Canada plans on conducting the 60-day public consultation of the draft NRA from March 1 – April 30, 2018. This will be an important opportunity to solicit feedback from stakeholders and Indigenous People regarding the findings of the draft NRA. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

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 March-April 2018
Stakeholder feedback analysis June 2018
Final National Risk Assessment to be submitted to FSC International for approval September 15, 2018
Expected approval of National Risk Assessment November 30, 2018

Working Group Members

The submission of the draft NRA in January 2018 was supported by the input and effort of 8 NRA Working Group members - 2 members representing each of the 4 chambers. FSC is currently seeking to fill 3 vacancies in the Aboriginal, Environmental and Social chambers. Click here to access the NRA Working Group member application form.

Current NRA Working Group Members:

Aboriginal Chamber
Sean Brennan Council of the Haida Nation
Social Chamber
Satnam Manhas Program Manager, Forest & Ecosystem Services, Ecotrust Canada
Economic Chamber
Charlene Strelaeff Forestry Supervisor, Zellstoff Celgar LP
Etienne Belanger Director, Forestry, FPAC
Environmental Chamber
Florence Daviet National Forest Program Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

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