When Will FSC Forest Managers Need to Apply the NZ FSS?
January 17th is the publication date of the NZ FSS. From this date, FSC-certified forest managers in New Zealand will be able to study the new standard. 3 months later, on April 15th, the standard will come into effect. Once it comes into effect, forest managers will have 12 months to implement the new standard. Within this 12-month phase-in period, the FSC forest managers can choose to be audited against their current forest management standard or the new NZ FSS.
After 12 months, all FSC certificate holders in New Zealand must be evaluated against the new standard. By October 15th, 2024, 18 months after the effective start date, all certificates under the old interim standards will be invalid.