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Wednesday, 01 April 2020
COVID-19: Ongoing Updates

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FSC Updates Related to COVID-19

FSC has made several announcements about changes due to COVID-19.

For Certification Bodies not able to safely conduct onsite audits, FSC has issued a derogation creating more flexibility in audit procedures, which is valid until December 31, 2020: https://www.fsc.org/en/newsfeed/new-covid-19-updat […]

For Group Certificates, FSC has issued an interpretation clarifying that internal audits of participating sites may be performed remotely in the case that health risk prevent traveling to the site: https://fsc.org/en/news/covid-19-interpretation-fo […]

The FSC General Assembly will be postponed until 2021, following a decision by the FSC International Board of Directors to protect the health and safety of our members, staff, supporters, and others. The event will still be held in Bali, Indonesia, and the new date is forthcoming: https://fsc.org/en/news/fsc-general-assembly-postp […]

COVID-19 Derogations & Interpretation: FSC has released and continues to update their policy responses to COVID-19. You can access a collection of these responses here: https://www.fsc.org/en/newsfeed/new-updated-collec […]

These provide allowances for certification bodies unable to conduct on-site audits and address other COVID-19 situations. Any certificate holder who would like to take advantage of the flexibility provided by these derogations will need to work with their certification body to ensure that the necessary preconditions are in place.

Please see other COVID-related updates and information from FSC International here: https://www.fsc.org/en/news?category=271

If you have questions about any of these changes, please email info@us.fsc.org or call 612-353-4511.

Curated COVID News

While there is no shortage of news related to COVID-19, the following articles offer direct relevance to businesses and the forest products industry:

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