FSC US Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment (US NRA)

First Public Consultation

Consultation period: January 12, 2015 - March 13, 2015
Comments due: Friday, March 13, 2015

Please submit comments to Gary Dodge at FSC-US, g.dodge at us.fsc point org

Available for download on this webpage are:

This draft US NRA establishes a company program for making Controlled Wood claims in the US, including the designation of specified risk and low risk areas.  

Controlled Wood claims allow uncertified materials to be used in products with FSC “Mix” labels. In order to make Controlled Wood claims on materials sourced from areas with designated specified risk, companies must implement the associated control measures. Additionally, the US NRA includes due diligence requirements for all companies making Controlled Wood claims, regardless of risk designation. When it becomes active, this process will supplant the current process of company-developed Controlled Wood risk assessments. 

This draft of the US NRA has been developed through the collaboration of a Working Group with representatives from the environmental, social, and economic chambers of FSC.  

The US NRA will be revised subsequent to this consultation, and then a second 30-day public consultation will be conducted before final revision and approval of the NRA in mid-2015. Our goal is to have the US NRA in place and active by 2016. 

The purpose of this public consultation is to gather information on the functionality, applicability, and effectiveness of this draft National Risk Assessment. Please help us to make this an appropriate and functional document by providing specific comments in areas where you have concerns or suggestions for improvement. The entire document is open to comment, but a series of “Questions for Consultation” are included for elements where the chamber-balanced Controlled Wood Working Group feel that more directed stakeholder input is necessary.  

FSC-US will host two webinars to discuss this draft NRA, the Controlled Wood system, and the current consultation. Please register for a session below: 

US Controlled Wood NRA - Introduction
Two sessions:

  • Tuesday, January 20th @ 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PST)
  • Wednesday, January 28th @ 3:00 pm EST (12:00 pm PST)

Please register for a session using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/72165008966156 […] 

US Controlled Wood NRA - Preparing Comments and Q&A

  • Tuesday, February 17th @ 1:00pm EST (10:00 am PST)

Please register using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/66899590 […]

Please feel free to contact Keith Stagg with any questions regarding the development of the NRA and the current consultation. He can be reached at k.stagg at us.fsc point org. Keith is also available to travel during the consultation period to meet directly with FSC stakeholders to discuss the Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment in person. Please let him know if you would like to schedule a stakeholder meeting in your region.