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Due Diligence System according to new version of FSC Controlled Wood standard

The new version of the FSC Controlled Wood standard, FSC-STD-40-005 version 3.0 is only intended to be used by certificate holders of FSC COC standard that wish to use non-FSC certified material for the purpose of producing and selling FSC Controlled Wood and/or FSC Mix products. It is not intended to be used for the purchase of already certified FSC Controlled wood.

A main part of the standard describes the requirement for a Due Diligence System (DDS) for the purchase of non-certified material, with the purpose to avoid using un-acceptable material according to FSC Controlled Wood criteria.

The DDS shall include:

  1. Obtaining information of – the origin (slightly different requirements for by-products) – the species of the fiber material (where the species information designates the product characteristics and/or where required by applicable timber legality legislation) – the supply chain
  2. Conduct a risk assessment for the origin and for the supply chain. The risk assessment for the origin can be: – A FSC Approved National Risk Assessment (NRA) (approved for FSC-PRO- 60-002 V3-0) – A FSC Approved Centralized National Risk Assessment (CNRA) (approved for FSC-PRO- 60-002 V3-0) – An “old NRA” (approved to FSC-PRO- 60-002 V2-0) – An Extended Risk Assessment conducted by the Certificate Holder – A Simplified Risk Assessment conducted by the Certificate Holder Where the Certificate Holder has to use the FSC Approved Risk Assessments if they exists (the first three), and a new Risk Assessment has to be used if it exists. For situations where there is no Approved FSC risk assessment the certificate holder shall conduct their own, and the Simplified assessment is only allowed if there exists a plan to develop a FSC Approved assessment (there is a list of countries where there are plans) The risk assessment for the Supply Chain will depend on the actual situation in the supply chain.
  3. Risk mitigation, where there are mandatory mitigations described in the new FSC Approved Risk Assessments and where certificate holders have to develop this for “old NRA”, extended and simplified risk assessments. Important to plan for is the fact that the organization shall ensure that the themselves, the certification body, and Accreditation Services International are all granted access to evidence, including access to documents, sites, premises of suppliers and sub-suppliers, and supply units, where relevant. A summary of the DDS (written by the certificate holder) will be made publically available in the FSC database after audits. The certification body shall do a Stakeholder consultation prior to all audits.Important to plan for is the fact that the organization shall ensure that the themselves, the certification body, and Accreditation Services International are all granted access to evidence, including access to documents, sites, premises of suppliers and sub-suppliers, and supply units, where relevant. 

    A summary of the DDS (written by the certificate holder) will be made publically available in the FSC database after audits.

    The certification body shall do a Stakeholder consultation prior to all audits ( still in Draft standard for certification bodies).

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