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Normative Documents

1. FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification

2. FSC-STD-20-011 Chain of Custody Evaluations

Document Purpose

FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification is the core standard that specifies the requirements which apply to all CoC-certified and applicant organizations with respect to sourcing, processing, labelling, and sale of forest-based products as FSC certified.

FSC-STD-20-011 Chain of Custody Evaluations provides the requirements for FSC accredited certification bodies (CBs) for auditing CoC organizations against applicable requirements of the FSC normative framework.

Process Objectives

Since the last full revision of the standards, markets and forest-based products have diversified, which requires a revision of the standards to ensure their continued suitability for meeting industry needs, while maintaining the supply chain integrity. The process objectives will be updated with the approval of the Terms of Reference (ToR).

Process Lead

César Gonçalves,

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Please register here to be informed about this process and the key updates


September - October 2023
Workshops announced

As part of the conceptual phase of the revision process FSC would like to invite you to the upcoming workshops related to the Chain of Custody Standard revision process.

All interested stakeholders are invited. To join, please register in advance using the following links:

  • Expanding the scope of FSC-STD-40-007: 20 September 2023 from 15:00 – 16:30 CET
  • Reinforcing FSC 100%: 27 September 2023 from 15:00 – 16:30 CET
  • Developing Mechanisms to Address Integrity Risks in FSC Certified Supply Chains: 4 October 2023 from 15:00 - 16:30 CET
  • Streamlining Chain of Custody Standards: 11 October 2023 from 15:00 – 16:30 CET
  • Core Labour Requirements in Chain of Custody Standards (with simultaneous interpretation in ES & FR)
    • 1 December 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CET, Register 
    • 7 December 2023, 09:00 - 10:30 CET, Register
    • Learn more (Contents of both workshops will be the same)
26 July 2022 - 02 September 2022
Review Report Consultation

Public consultation on proposed changes in the standard revision

Review report of FSC-STD-40-004 & FSC-STD-20-011
PDF, Size: 573.72KB