Technical Updates

Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Implementation Period Delayed and Extended for Revised COC Standard

Last month, FSC International announced that the effective dates have been delayed to September 1, 2021 for the revised Chain of Custody standard (FSC-STD-40-004 V3-1 Chain of Custody Certification) and revised Chain of Custody Evaluations standard (FSC-STD-20-011 V4-2 Chain of Custody Evaluations).

The transition period has also been delayed and extended to December 31, 2022.

These changes were made in consideration of the disruptions to onsite audits and auditing schedules caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to allow more time for FSC International to prepare materials for Certification Bodies and Certificate Holders to support a smooth transition.

FSC US will continue to assist certificate holders through the transition to the revised Chain of Custody standard. We will be following up with further communications and guidance in the weeks ahead.