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ASI is pleased to share the public summaries of two recent investigations conducted for the FSC accreditation program.

 

Conformity of Certificate Holders with the Eligibility Criteria for Multi-site Certification

published 02 January 2017

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In July and August 2016, ASI carried out an investigation of a sample of multi-site certificate holders for conformity with the eligibility criteria for multi-site certification.

Based on the results of the study, the FSC Policy and Standards Unit has revised clauses related to multi-site certificate holder eligibility to improve clarity of the requirements – but not change them. The revised requirements are now included in section 14 of the FSC-STD-40-004 V3-0 standard, published on 01 January 2017.

 

Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood Risk Assessments in Canada

published 05 February 2017

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In 2016 ASI carried out desk review assessments of all Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) with approved FSC Controlled Wood Risk Assessments (CWRA) for Canada. CWRA in Canada had been identified as a potential area of variable application of certification requirements on the part of certificate holders.

The findings of the report concluded that CAB auditors frequently did not even acknowledge that the Global Forest Registry indicates unspecified risk for category 3 in Canada. The report concludes that auditors should check, at a minimum, if the CWRA is aligned with the Global Forest Registry. They should also justify their findings, which in these cases should include why they concluded that the low risk classification was acceptable when the Global Forest Registry indicates unspecified risk.

 

For more information or questions about these two reports, please contact ASI Program Manager for the FSC Accreditation Program, Matthias Wilnhammer (m.wilnhammer@accreditation-services.com).