CNRA – Centralized National Risk Assessment

Centralized national risk assessment (CNRA) means the national risk assessment developed by the FSC International Center.

CNRA is an instrument developed by FSC® to cover at global level the risk assessments on “Controlled Wood”. The main objective of CNRA is the identification of low risk areas or specific risk for each of the fifth categories and, if appropriate, the measures considered for identified risks mitigation.

This approach support organizations (supporting some of their specific obligations) and in the same time ensures an objective and harmonized risk determination through a transparent and participatory process.

The CNRA process in Romania is supervised by the Policies and Standards Unit within the FSC International. The identification and assessment of the risks is outsourced to independent experts (selected by FSC®) with specific relevant experience for each category:

  • Category 1 – NEPCon;
  • Category 2 – Wolfgang Richert Consulting and Leo van der Vlist;
  • Category 3 – NEPCon;
  • Category 4 – NEPCon;
  • Category 5 – NEPCon;

As a FSC® partner in this process, WWF-Romania supported the development of CNRA by facilitating a participatory and transparent process so that stakeholders can be involved in determining the risks for Romania.
WWF organized two seminars with the participation of NEPCon representatives and national level key stakeholders (representing the three areas: economic, social and environmental), in terms of identifying the needed elements for assessing the adaptation to national conditions.
The CNRA Report (FSC-CNRA-RO version V1-0 EN) was developed by the CNRA experts mentioned above.


The specified risks and the mitigation measures provided in CNRA will become applicable for all FSC chain of custody certified organizations that are sourcing material without FSC claim that does not come from unacceptable sources and who wish to sell FSC Controlled Wood and / or FSC Mix products.
Centralized National Risk Assessment for Controlled Wood (CNRA) becomes applicable to all companies that want to sell FSC® Mix certified products – which contains controlled wood. Compliance with CNRA provisions will be assessed by Certification Bodies during the audit process.


CNRA and Controlled Wood certification represent an effective tool to combat illegal logging and promote sustainable management for High Conservation Value Forests.

CNRA can also be used by operators to develop their own due diligence system (DDS), to implement the provisions of EU Regulation concerning the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market (EU Timber Regulation no. 995/2010).