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Friday, 05 July 2019
Now available, Australian Risk Assessment for Sourcing Controlled Wood

Effective 30 June 2019

FSC risk assessments are used to determine the risk of an organization obtaining material from unacceptable wood sources when sourcing controlled wood.

Effective June 30 2019, companies sourcing controlled wood in Australia should use the latest FSC risk assessments to conform with standard FSC-STD-40-005 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood.

Read the National Risk Assessment and High Conservation Values Framework.

Phase in period
Certificate holders sourcing controlled wood have six months to align their due diligence systems with the National Risk Assessment (NRA).

Please direct all questions to FSC Australia or your certification body.

More information
To view all available FSC risk assessments, please visit the FSC Document Centre.
To view the current status of all FSC risk assessments that are being developed, please visit the risk assessment database.

What is controlled wood?

FSC controlled wood is material from acceptable sources that can be mixed with FSC-certified material in products that carry the FSC Mix label.

There are five categories of unacceptable material that cannot be mixed with FSC certified materials:illegally harvested wood

  • wood harvested in violation of traditional and human rights
  • wood harvested in forests in which high conservation values (HCVs) are threatened by management activities (HCVs are areas particularly worthy of protection)
  • wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
  • wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted.

Find out more about controlled wood

Thank and Congratulations

Congratulations to the NRA Working Group, contributing experts, and past and present FSC staff whose dedication and hard work were crucial to the successful completion of the NRA.

Past and present members of the NRA Working Group

  • Mark Annandale
  • Chris Taylor
  • Daniel Mackey
  • Kevin O’Grady
  • Suzette Weeding
  • Sean Cadman
  • Warrick Jordan
  • NRA Coordinator, Emily Silberberg

Technical Experts

  • Kevin O’Grady
  • Chris Taylor
  • Mark Annandale
  • Daniel Mackey
  • Sean Cadman
  • Dailan Pugh

FSC Staff

  • FSC CEO, Sara Gipton 

  • Former Policy and Advocacy Manager Julia Mylne


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