Technical Updates


Wednesday, 01 September 2010
New Group CoC Eligibility for US

At the 2008 General Assembly, Policy Motion 12 was approved requiring FSC to research and develop a process that allows Group CoC eligibility criteria to be adapted to regional socio-economic conditions. During 2009, FSC-US conducted a pilot study in which research and stakeholder consultation was carried out in order to define ‘small’ businesses in the context of the US economy that should be eligible for group CoC certification. read more …


Wednesday, 01 September 2010
New LEED addenda for MRc7 credit

The USGBC has recently released their new addenda. read more …


Saturday, 31 July 2010
US National Standards Launch

On July 8, 2010, FSC-US announced the launch of the revised Forest Management Standard for forest operations in the contiguous U.S. The revised standard, which was approved by FSC International, requires all accredited forest management standards based on its 10 Principles and 56 Criteria to undergo a review and consider necessary revision every five years. read more …


Saturday, 31 July 2010
New US CoC Group Member Eligibility Requirements

This week, the FSC Policy and Standards Unit approved a 5-year pilot program for expanded eligibility by US small businesses in FSC Group Chain of Custody (CoC) certificates. The pilot was proposed by FSC-US and was the subject of considerable research and stakeholder consultation last fall. As a result, FSC Group CoC certificate programs are now available to any small business with annual forest product sales less than $5,000,000, regardless of the number of employees. read more …


Saturday, 31 July 2010
Transitory Requirements

The FSC Board of Directors recently approved changes to the timelines for strengthened the requirements for Chain of Custody (CoC) certification with the Chain of Custody standard (FSC-STD-40-004 (Version 2): FSC Standard for Chain of Custody Certification) in November 2007. A transitory period for compliance was granted for two exemptions: co-products from uncertified virgin material input to be exempt from Controlled Wood requirements, and a labeling threshold of 50% for chip and fiber based products under the percentage system. read more …


Sunday, 04 April 2010
New FSC Trademark Standard

The FSC trademark guarantees customers that an FSC-labeled product has been verified as having been sourced from well-managed forests, controlled sources, recycled sources, or a mixture of these. Any company within the supply chain that manufactures, processes, transforms, or takes legal ownership of FSC fiber needs to be FSC chain of custody (CoC) certified in order to place an FSC label on a product or to make or pass on an FSC claim. read more …