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FSC® Chain of custody for forest products
Forest Product Chain of Custody

FSC® Chain of custody for forest products

FSC® Chain of custody for forest products

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The Chain of Custody (CoC) of forestry products is defined as the tracking of forestry products (wood, paper, cork, bark, resin, etc.) throughout the various phases of the production process and their subsequent sale, in order to ensure the traceability of forestry products from the end consumer to the forest, or, in the case of recycled materials, from the point where the material is retrieved.

The chain of custody for forest products represents the stage immediately following sustainable forest management certification, and is necessary to create an informative link between the raw material included in a forest product and its origin.

The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an independent, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation created in 1993, whose aim is to promote environmentally-responsible forest management that benefits society and is economically viable in forests all over the world. The FSC has a two-fold aim: to create a unique label, the FSC® label that is able to ensure the credibility of certification through global application standards; and to accredit the bodies in charge of certification according to FSC standards.

With the FSC chain of custody certification, AENOR, an independent third-party entity, guarantees the implementation of a chain of custody system that complies with FSC chain of custody requirements. Consumers of a certified product are thus assured that the product comes from a forest managed responsibly, adhering to environmental, social and economic criteria. In the case of recycled forest material, the chain of custody ensures that the consumer can trace the material to the recovery centre.​​

Internal benefits for your organisation:

  • It facilitates the opening of new markets sensitive to environmental issues.
  • It improves the producer's image in the eyes of the Administration.
  • It offers a tool to comply with legal requirements affecting the wood trade.

Benefits for your clients:

  • It gives consumers the confidence that the forest products they consume come from forests that are managed responsibly using environmentally-friendly practices.
  • Consumers are assured of the legal origin of the wood in products that they consume, and that it does not come from over-exploited forests or illegal felling.
  • The product is distinguished positively from the competition (via a logo that demonstrates the chain of custody certification FSC).

Certification of the Chain of Custody is aimed at any entity, company or facility that produces, markets or manipulates forest products in its production process, including wood, paper, cork, bark, resins, and derivatives. It also covers foodstuffs obtained from certified forests (mushrooms, game, etc).

The FSC Chain of Custody auditing process can be integrated with PEFC Chain of Custody™. Additionally, they can be integrated with quality management system audits or environmental audits. When a company has these type of systems, it's possible that it already meets part of the requirements from the chain of custody and must only elaborate the necessary control procedures or modify those already in place so that they align with requirements.​

Once the audit process has been successfully completed your organisation obtains:

  • The AENOR Certificate of Compliance with requirements from the FSC Chain of Custody.
  • A licence to use of the FSC Chain of Custody mark.

The use of the mark FSC® label must be done in accordance with the requirements established in FSC-STD-50-001.​​

​​The mark of responsible forest management, FSC

FSC®​ Mark 

AENOR is accredited by ASI(Assurance Services International) for the Chain of Custody certification for Forest Products by the system FSC® label (accreditation ASI-ACC-046). This accreditation allows AENOR to certify the Chain of Custody FSC® label worldwide except China.

Access the list of Organisations with the FSC Chain of Custody certification.