Controlled Wood Risk Assessment

Building a system with broad support (Page currently under review)

*Important note. This page is currently under review. For the most recent information, please visit the new section on Controlled Wood on the FSC Australia website here: https://au.fsc.org/en-au/standards/controlled-wood


The Board of FSC Australia has instigated a working party of experts selected by the three Chambers (Social, Environmental and Economic) to develop a formal Risk Assessment for ‘Controlled Wood’ in the Australian context. This Controlled Wood Risk Assessment will provide guidance to both companies and certification bodies seeking to identify risks in accordance with the FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 (Version 2-1)).


Controlled Wood fact sheet

For information about Controlled wood in Australia, and how the HCV Evaluation framework applies to controlled wood, dowload the fact sheet below.


HCV Page can be found here


Approved Controlled Wood Risk Assessment Matrix for Australia

After considerations of the submissions and advice from FSC International, the final matrix is now available to provide definitive guidance to Chain of Custody holders (and their certification bodies) who are seeking controlled wood from any Australian native forest or plantation that does not have FSC Forest Management Certification.

Demonstrating Legality - Advice for conducting risk assessments under Annex 2 (FSC-STD-40-005)

Recently FSC International issued advice for FSC-STD-40-005 (STANDARD FOR COMPANY EVALUATION OF FSC CONTROLLED WOOD)  The purpose of the advice is to ensure harmonisation with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and other timber legality legislations such as the US Lacey Act, FLEGT and theAustralian Illegal Logging Prohibition Act. The original advice can be viewed here under Advice Note #19.

The advice states that "Companies conducting risk assessments according to Annex 2 of FSCSTD-40-005shall use the “Minimum list of applicable laws,regulations and nationally-ratified international treaties,conventions and agreements” (below) for the identification of logging related laws in the district under evaluation." Companies may use 'reputable lists' or approved National FSC Stewardship Standards'. 

As FSC Australia does not currently have an approved National FSC Stewardship standard, companies may use one of the approved Certification Body Interim Standards available here.

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