FSC certification ensures that products come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
The FSC Principles and Criteria (P&C) set out best practices for forest management. In many countries, FSC Regional or National Standards are developed by FSC working groups. Regional and national standards transfer the P&C to the specific conditions and context found in each country or region. The certification body checks that the operation complies with all relevant FSC requirements.
The certification body checks that the operation complies with all relevant FSC requirements.
Chain of custody certification applies to manufacturers, processors and traders of FSC certified forest products. It verifies FSC certified forest products along the production chain. At each stage in the chain of processing and transformation, chain of custody certification is needed to confirm that FSC certified wood products are kept separate from uncertified products, or mixed in approved ways.