If you are interested in becoming FSC certified, there are 5 steps to follow. These steps are described below. If you want to find out more about specific requirements for forest management or chain of custody certification, please visit our document centre to read more.
In order to provide you with an initial estimate of cost and time, the certification body will require some basic information about your operation. They will then provide you with information about the requirements for FSC certification. For a list of FSC accredited certification bodies, follow the "get certified" link below. You may qualify for inclusion in a group scheme, in which case it is a good idea to contact one or more (in addition to the certification bodies).
Decide which certification body (or small business group scheme) you would like to work with and sign an agreement them.
This system must be in line with the requirements of the FSC Forest Management and/or Chain of Custody Standards.
An FSC certification audit will assess your company’s compliance with the relevant FSC requirements. An audit report is produced, on which the certification body makes a decision.
Following a positive certification decision, you will receive an FSC certificate and your FSC certificate and license codes.
If you’re a retailer, media organisation, or educational institution, for example, you might not want or need to become certified, but may still want to promote FSC-labelled products or FSC certification as a framework. For these situations, we offer FSC Promotional Licence.