Revision of the Controlled Wood System in Australia


Revised Version of the Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood Approved

15th March 2017: A revised version of the Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (V3‑1) has been approved and published on FSC Internationals Document Centre. The majority of the standard and procedure remains the same, but there are notable changes made to deadlines and terminology.

The new version of the standard replaces V3-0 published in December 2015.

The revision of the standard was conducted in order to include changes resulting from decisions made by the FSC Board of Directors in BM72.


Key changes for Australia include:

  • Certificate holders now have until 31 December 2017 to transition from V2‑1 to V3-1 of the standard (previously under Version 3, certificate holders had to transition by 30 June 2017)
  • Organisations may use approved categories of centralised national risk assessments (CNRAs) as they are approved, rather than waiting for all categories to be approved
  • Old national risk assessments (i.e. Australia's existing NRA) will remain valid until 31 December 2018.
  • A method has been introduced to comply with the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) when using ‘existing NRAs’.

Editorial changes in the new revision include:

  • The term “simplified risk assessment” is now “company risk assessment” (CRA).
  • The term “extended risk assessment” is now “extended company risk assessment” (ECRA).
  • Additional footnotes have been added to clarify common misunderstandings (“origin at the FMU level”, “list of sub-suppliers”, etc.)
  • Various typographical and grammatical errors have been corrected, and word-choice changes have been made.

How do these changes affect implementation of the standard?

This revision is normal procedure to improve the functioning of FSC standards, and is not part of the ongoing controlled wood strategy process. If you have any questions, please contact Miranda Lin.


How can you access training?

An Online Course is now available on the e-training platform, register on the website for access. Certificate Holders can be provided with an access code on request from FSC Australia.


Revision of FSC Australia’s Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment

FSC Australia's National Risk Assessment (NRA) moves to a Centralised National Risk Assessment (CNRA) with FSC International

3rd March 2017: FSC Australia is required to replace its existing Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment (FSC-CWRA-001- AUS) to implement the revised Controlled Wood Standard Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0).

FSC Australia ran a four week Expression of Interest process for a Controlled Wood National Risk Assessment Working Group in October 2016. The Working Group was to be tasked with developing a new National Risk Assessment and overseeing its consultation nationally.

Due to a lack of Working Group applications, FSC Australia will no longer be coordinating a revised National Risk Assessment development process. Alternatively, FSC International’s Centralised National Risk Assessment (CNRA) will replace FSC Australia’s existing National Risk Assessment, which will remain effective until 31 December 2017 (this information has been updated, please see above).

FSC Australia and its stakeholders will be directly engaged in the development of the CNRA. National consultation will be undertaken on the CNRA outcomes for all five categories of controlled wood, with stakeholder feedback to inform further development and finalisation of the CNRA.

FSC Australia will notify stakeholders of the timelines for national consultation and implementation of the CNRA, once confirmed.

For more information on Revision of the Controlled Wood System and the Risk Assessment development process, click here.


Revision of the Controlled Wood System in the Australian Context

26th October 2016: At the 2011 Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) General Assembly, the FSC Membership passed Policy Motion 51: Strengthening the Controlled Wood System. (Download available)

The motion provides for:

  • A revision of the Controlled Wood Standard (FSC-STD-40-005);
  • An evaluation of existing risk assessments;
  • The phase-out of company developed risk assessments; and
  • The development or revision of FSC-approved National Risk Assessments.

Revision of the Controlled Wood Standard FSC-STD-40-005

26th October 2016: The revised Controlled Wood Standard Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0) was approved on 15 November 2015 and became effective on 1 July 2016. The revised Standard will supersede the FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V2-1).

Transitioning to the new Standard:

  • The effective date of the revised Standard (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0) is 1 July 2016.
  • This begins a one year transition period during which certificate holders can choose to be audited against the previous version of the Standard (FSC-STD-40-005 V2-1), or the revised version (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0).
  • Organisations shall be evaluated against V3-0 by 30 June 2017.
  • At the end of the transition period, V2-1 of the Standard will be withdrawn.
  • Six months later (31 December 2017) certificates from V2-1 shall be withdrawn.

Requirements for the transition to revised FSC normative documents are outlined in FSC-PRO-01-001 The Development and Revision of FSC Normative Documents.


Revision of FSC Australia’s National Risk Assessment

26th October 2016: FSC Australia is required to replace its existing National Risk Assessment (FSC-CWRA-001- AUS) to implement the revised Controlled Wood Standard Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0).

FSC Australia will form a Working Group in October 2016 which will be tasked with developing a new National Risk Assessment and overseeing its consultation nationally. The existing National Risk Assessment will remain effective until 31 December 2017 or until superseded by FSC International’s Centralised National Risk Assessment and/or delivery of FSC Australia’s new National Risk Assessment.

Controlled Wood Chain of Custody certificate holders are required to continue using the existing National Risk Assessment (FSC-CWRA-001-AUS) and associated High Conservation Values Evaluation Framework in the implementation of both V2-1 and V3-0 (refer to respective Standard requirements) until such time that it expires or is superseded.

Guidance notes previously issued by FSC International and FSC Australia relating to the implementation of the FSC Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V2-1) remain relevant for Controlled Wood Chain of Custody certificate holders and are available here.


National Risk Assessment Development Timeline

FSC Australia’s website will be updated shortly with the National Risk Assessment development timeline and public consultation periods.


FSC International’s Centralised National Risk Assessment

26th October 2016: To ensure certainty for certificate holders, an FSC risk assessment aligned with the Controlled Wood Standard Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood (FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0) must be in place before 31 December 2017.

To this end, FSC international is developing a Centralised National Risk Assessment intended to:

a) Bridge the gap between existing (and soon to be expired) National Risk Assessments and implementation of revised National Risk Assessments;
b) Harmonise the assessment of risk against FSC’s five Controlled Wood categories internationally; and
c) Inform development/revision of National Risk Assessments.

For more information on the Centralised National Risk Assessment process, click here.


Status of Centralised National Risk Assessment for Australia

FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 (page 8):26th October 2016: To date, FSC International has developed a Centralised National Risk Assessment for Australia against Controlled Wood Categories 1 (Illegality), 2 (Traditional and Human Rights), 4 (Conversion) and 5 (Genetically Modified Trees).

FSC International will soon initiate development of a Centralised National Risk Assessment for Category 3 (High Conservation Values). For more information, click here.

Once completed for all five categories and consulted on nationally (dates to be determined), the CNRA will be used by certificate holders instead of the National Risk Assessment developed to the previous Standard (FSC-STD-40-005 V2-1) until FSC Australia’s revised National Risk Assessment is in place. This conforms to FSC International’s ‘Hierarchy of Risk Assessments’ outlined in FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 (page 8, pictured).


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