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 nonforest use; or Forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.


Feb 5, 2016 -FSC International recently approved FSC Canada’s National Risk Assessment (NRA) proposal and work is commencing now. FSC Canada’s NRA Working Group will utilize and build upon FSC’s Centralized National Risk Assessment (CNRA) for Canada, which is conducted by consultants hired by FSC International. To date, the assessments in the CNRA have been completed for controlled wood categories 1, 2, and 5 and can be downloaded here.

The category 4 assessment is being reviewed by FSC International and a Canadian consultant has been chosen to complete the category 3 assessment, with work expected to start within the next month.

The NRA Working Group is meant to ensure that proactive input is received from stakeholders with the ultimate goal of achieving consensus for each category. FSC Canada intends to have a 60-day public consultation in early 2017 and complete National Risk Assessment by December 31st, 2017. A detailed NRA work plan and timeline will follow soon.

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 November 30, 2017
60-day public consultation on draft 1 of the National Risk Assessment April 30, 2018 - May 30, 2018
Stakeholder feedback analysis May 30, 2018
Development of draft 2 of the National Risk Assessment TBD
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

Aboriginal Chamber
Sean Brennan Council of the Haida Nation
David Flood Independent Consultant
Social Chamber
Satnam Manhas Program Manager, Forest & Ecosystem Services, Ecotrust Canada
Cameron Shiell Forestry Resource Officer, PPWC
Economic Chamber
Charlene Strelaeff Forestry Supervisor, Zellstoff Celgar LP
Etienne Belanger Director, Forestry, FPAC
Environmental Chamber
Catharine Grant Forest Certification Specialist, Greenpeace International
Florence Daviet National Forest Program Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

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