Controlled Wood Centralised National Risk Assessment

Phil Taylor


This information is designed to support the transition to full application of the Controlled Wood Centralised National Risk Assessments. This information relates to those Risk Assessment Categories that are nearing the final stages of development but are not yet ‘approved’ by 30 June 2019. The Guidance is complementary to but does not override existing FSC directives.

FSC International issued Advice Note-40-005-23 of FSC-DIR-40-005 FSC Directive earlier this year stating that in countries having a National Risk Assessment (NRA) developed according to FSC-PRO-60-002, organisations can continue to use ‘old NRA’s until they are replaced by an FSC risk assessment but only up until 30 June 2019.

Specifically, the advice note provides the following advice:

  • For all countries and regions where an FSC risk assessment was scheduled by 30 December 2017, organizations sourcing material from these areas can continue to use company risk assessments in their due diligence system, but not beyond 30 June 2019 (unless as per Clause 3.2 of FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1).
  • If an FSC risk assessment according to FSC-PRO-60-002 V3-0 is not approved for these countries and regions by 30 June 2019, these areas shall subsequently become ’unassessed areas’. Organizations continuing sourcing material from these areas after this date are required to have extended company risk assessments (ECRA) in place for their due diligence systems.
  • NOTE: As per Clause 3.2 of FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1, the organization shall adapt its due diligence system to use FSC risk assessments within six (6) months of the date of FSC risk assessment approval by FSC, unless an extension is justified and approved by the certification body.

Categories 1, 2, 4, 5 available now

To develop an extended company risk assessment for categories 1,2,4,5 please refer to the NZ CNRA Draft: https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/237
To develop an extended company risk assessment for category 3, please refer to New Zealand's 'old NRA': https://ic.fsc.org/en/document-center/id/139


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