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Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (R)

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.

There are three types of FSC® certification available from QMI-SAI Global for organizations that manages forest land, produces or sells forest based products.

Forest Management (FM) Certification

Forest management certification involves an inspection of the forest management unit by SAI Global to check that the forest complies with the internationally-agreed FSC Principles of Responsible Forest Management. The National or Regional Standard is used to evaluate that the organization is in compliance.

If the forest complies with the FSC standards, then QMI - SAI Global issues a certificate for the operation. Certified forest operations can claim the forest products they produce come from a responsibly managed forest. Current applicants and Public summaries of forest operations that are certified by SAI Global are available for anyone to view.

Before a certified forest operation can sell their products as FSC® certified, they must also obtain chain of custody certification.

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®.

Controlled Wood (CW) Certification

Controlled Wood enable organizations to avoid trading in illegally harvested wood, wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights, wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities, wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use, wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Once an organization is certified to the controlled wood standard it allows the organization to supply FSC Controlled Wood to FSC certified chain of custody companies for the purpose of mixing with FSC certified material.

To find out which organizations have their land and/or products certified by QMI- SAI Global use the FSC database at

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

View the certificate holder rights and duties here


FSC certification process

Download SAI Global's Certification Process

Info on independent assessment of forest management and chain of custody under the FSC program.


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