Centralized National Risk Assessment

Centralized National Risk Assessment (CNRA) represents the national risk assessment developed by the FSC International Center. CNRA is an instrument developed by the FSC to cover globally Risk Assessments on “Controlled Wood” where there is no National Risk Assessment (NRA).
The objective of the CNRA is to identify areas of low risk or specific risks for each of the five categories and, where appropriate, the measures taken to mitigate identified risks.
This approach supports companies (taking over some of their obligations) and at the same time ensures objective and harmonized risk determination in a transparent and participatory process.

The CNRA process in Romania

The CNRA process in Romania was supervised by the Policies and Standards Unit within the FSC International. The identification and assessment of the risks was 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 mitigation measures provided in the CNRA will have to be taken into account by organizations whose timber chain of custody is certified by FSC, (i) which is supplied with uncertified wood (without FSC declaration) but which does not originate from unacceptable sources and (ii) wanting to sell FSC controlled wood and / or FSC Mix.

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 promoting sustainable management for the identification, management and monitoring of High Conservation Values.

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).