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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) ® Chain of Custody

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)® : The FSC® 's ten Principles and Criteria for forest management set the threshold for defining good forest management around the world. Regional standards must also be developed to reflect local ecological, social and economic factors while adhering to FSC®  Principles and Criteria. For this reason, FSC supports the development of regional standards for use in certification assessments in that region.

Chain of Custody (COC) Certification

Chain of custody certification provides a guarantee about the production of FSC-certified products. Chain-of-custody is the path taken by raw materials from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution.

From a customer perspective, the FSC® label represents a promise that is being made to them. Chain of custody standards are the mechanism FSC®  has to ensure that 'promise' is delivered.

Operations that have been independently verified for FSC®  chain of custody certification are eligible to label their products with the FSC®  logo.

To find out which organisations have FSC®  Chain of Custody Certification through QMI-SAI Global use the FSC®  database at

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Payments of Annual Fee
SAI Global on behalf of FSC will collect the FSC Annual Accreditation Fees (AAF) or other Fees such as setup fee for Certificate Holder portal calculated on a 'per certificate' basis. The fees are periodically reviewed and updated by FSC to remain consistent with any new FSC strategy and/or policy. The fees can be accessed on the FSC website at

FSC Normative documents
All FSC normative documents can be access via the FSC Document center

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