Technical Updates

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Revised Version of the Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood Approved

A message from FSC International Policy and Standards team

A revised version of the Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (V3‑1) has been approved and published on our Document Centre. The majority of the standard and procedure remains the same, but there are notable changes made to deadlines and terminology.

The new version of the standard replaces V3-0 published in December 2015.

The revision of the standard was conducted in order to include changes resulting from decisions made by the FSC Board of Directors in BM72.

Key changes include:

  • Certificate holders now have until 31 December 2017 to transition from V2‑1 to V3-1 of the standard.
  • The deadline by which simplified risk assessments must cease being used, including for organization-owned or organization-managed forests, has been removed.
  • The FSC risk assessment process (which allows simplified risk assessments to continue) may be scheduled until 31 December 2017.
  • Where national risk assessment (NRA) processes are under way, organizations may use NRA categories agreed upon by national consensus.
  • Organizations may use approved categories of centralized national risk assessments (CNRAs) as they are approved, rather than waiting for all categories to be approved.
  • Old national risk assessments (‘old NRAs’) remain valid until 31 December 2018.
  • A method has been introduced to comply with the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) when using ‘old NRAs’.

Editorial changes in the new revision include:

  • The term “simplified risk assessment” is now “company risk assessment” (CRA).
  • The term “extended risk assessment” is now “extended company risk assessment” (ECRA).
  • Additional footnotes have been added to clarify common misunderstandings (“origin at the FMU level”, “list of sub-suppliers”, etc.)
  • Various typographical and grammatical errors have been corrected, and word-choice changes have been made.

How do these changes affect implementation of the standard?

This revision is normal procedure to improve the functioning of FSC standards, and is not part of the ongoing controlled wood strategy process
If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Lin.

How can you access training?

An Online Course is now available on the e-training platform, register on the website for access. Certificate Holders can be provided with an access code on request from FSC Australia & New Zealand.

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