Steps to Become Certified

FSC runs a global forest certification system with two key components: Forest Management (FM) and Chain of Custody (CoC). The certification process is audited out by independent certification bodies that assess forest managers and forest product companies against FSC standards.


1. Contact an auditor

Contact one or several FSC accredited certification bodies. To give you a first estimate regarding cost and time needed the certification body will need some basic information about your operation. The certification body will provide you with information about the requirements for FSC certification.

Click here for details of FSC accredited certification bodies.


2. Decide

Decide which certification body you would like to work with and sign an agreement them.


3. Receive Audit

Undergo an FSC certification audit, in which your company’s qualifications for certification are assessed. An audit report is produced, on which the certification body makes a decision.


4. Receive Outcome

If the decision is positive, you receive an FSC certificate. If the audit revealed that your operation is not yet in full compliance with FSC requirements, then after you have implemented the changes suggested in the certification report, you can go for a further audit.


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