What is controlled wood FSC®?
“Controlled wood” means wood or timber products of known origin and not derived from sources considered unacceptable by the Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC®).
The wood categories regarded as unacceptable sources are:
- wood from illegal harvesting;
- wood harvested in violation of civil or traditional rights;
- wood from forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
- wood from natural forests transformed by conversion into plantations or lands for other uses;
- wood coming from forests where genetically modified trees are planted.
The necessary requirements to avoid the inclusion of wood materials from sources considered unacceptable in the chain of custody of certified products are regulated by the new Controlled Wood Standard FSC-STD-40-005, which entered into force on 1 July 2016.
The latest version of the standard is FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1, approved in February and published in March, 2017.
This standard establishes the requirements for a due diligence system in assessing and mitigating the risk associated with the materials provided without FSC declaration.
The Controlled Wood Standard requires the use of risk assessments to identify and assess the supply risk from unacceptable sources. When identifying a specified or unspecified risk with regard to the origin of the material or the risk of mixing it in the supply chain, the organization will implement risk mitigation measures.
The concept of controlled wood has emerged as a market need generated by the fact that certified sources cannot provide enough wood material to meet the needs of the wood processing industry that wants to sell FSC certified products.
In case of certification of forest districts or forestry departments according to the controlled wood standard, the provisions of the FSC-STD-30-010 V2-0 standard shall be implemented (FSC Controlled Wood Standard for forest districts).