FSC chain of custody certification verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified and non-controlled material as it makes its way along the supply chain, from the forest to the market.
To achieve chain of custody certification, your business must meet the FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification standard.
All sizes and organizational structures are possible for chain of custody certification, including single-site, multi-site, and groups of organizations, enabling certification cost optimization.
The following relevant documents are available to download in the document centre:
FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification
FSC-STD-40-003 Chain of Custody Certification of Multiple Sites
FSC-certified products may carry a different composition, including FSC-certified forest material (FSC 100%), controlled wood and/or reclaimed material, the latter being introduced in recognition of the important role that reclaimed material plays in protecting the world’s forests.
The following relevant document is available to download in the document centre:
FSC-STD-40-007 Sourcing reclaimed material for use in FSC Product Groups or FSC Certified Projects
FSC project certification provides third-party verification for projects made of or containing forest-based materials from responsible sources. There are a range of options for certifying organizations of all sizes that manage projects, from small to large entities, as well as a variety of project types, for example, a single wooden boat, office building, a subdivision of houses, a civil engineering project, event infrastructure (concert stages, seating).
Find out more about project certification in the following document, available in the document centre:
FSC-STD-40-006 FSC Chain of Custody Standard for Project Certification
Controlled wood is material from acceptable sources that can be mixed with FSC-certified material in products that carry the FSC Mix label. The controlled wood requirements identify five categories of unacceptable sources for wood, which is not allowed to be mixed with FSC-certified material. These are:
- 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
- Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use
- Wood from forests in which genetically-modified trees are planted
Controlled wood meets the requirements of the two main FSC controlled wood standards. ·
FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 FSC Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood - This standard directs businesses to avoid sourcing material from unacceptable sources.
FSC-STD-30-010 V2-0 FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises - This standard specifies requirements for forest management enterprises to show that their management practices result in material from acceptable sources.
In Ukraine, a number of companies apply FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 standard, which defines the requirements they shall meet when having FSC certified supply chains for production and sales of FSC controlled wood and/or FSC Mix products. In order for holders of FSC chain of custody certificates to be able to use controlled wood, they shall prove that it does not fall into unacceptable categories. To do this, a system of measures is used aimed at assessing and mitigating the risk of formation of such categories of wood.
Version 3-1 of FSC-STD-40-005 came into force upon its publication, which necessitated its use by companies in preparation for the certification audit. The transition period to the new version of the controlled wood standard has ended in December 2017.
The translation of FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 standard "Requirements for sourcing of FSC® controlled wood" presented on this page is unofficial. In any situation, the English version has priority over the translated one.
FSC-STD-40-005 V3-0 Requirements for sourcing of FSC® controlled wood
National risk assessments of controlled wood are developed in order to assess the risk of formation of unacceptable categories of wood from the point of view of their inclusion in the FSC-certified supply chains.
Approval of the version of the FSC-STD-40-005 standard "Requirements for sourcing of FSC® controlled wood" necessitated the development of national risk assessment of controlled wood for Ukraine in accordance with a number of procedures, including FSC-PRO-60-002 V3-0 "Development and approval of FSC national risk assessments".
The following relevant document is available in the document centre:
FSC-PRO-60-002 V3-0 The Development and Approval of FSC® National Risk Assessments
Risk assessment means the identification of those areas of Ukraine that may be a source of unacceptable categories of wood as defined in FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1. In the absence of this kind of a threat or mitigation of risk of the formation of unacceptable categories on the basis of certain control measures, wood acquires the controlled status.
Developing a national risk assessment of controlled wood for Ukraine is important both for FSC-certified companies that intend to implement the requirements of the FSC Controlled Timber Standard and for those organizations willing to confirm the legality of their timber products origin in accordance with EU timber regulation № 995/2010 .
Development of the national risk assessment of controlled wood for Ukraine was carried out by a working group and experts on national risk assessment within each of the controlled wood categories.
The working group consists of 3 sections with equal rights (environmental, economic and social). It is a voluntary association of representatives of timber companies, non-governmental organizations, representing social, economic, and environmental interests in ensuring responsible forest management. The participants list of the working group is available from
Participants list of the working group on NRA CW development for Ukraine
The new National risk assessment of controlled wood for Ukraine has been approved by the FSC IC’s Policy and Standards Committee in December 2017.
In 2022 FSC International in accordance with ADVICE-60-002-01 revised the FSC National Risk Assessment of Controlled Wood for Ukraine.
According to FSC-ADV-40-005-25, organizations that apply the FSC Controlled Wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 should revise their DDS, adapting them to the changed risk designations and control measures.
FSC Ukraine prepared translations of these advice notes.
Currently, the original English version 2-0 of FSC National risk assessment of controlled wood for Ukraine is available from https://fsc.org/en/document-centre/documents/resource/340
The translated version 1-1 of FSC National risk assessment of controlled wood for Ukraine presented at the same page is unofficial. In any situation, the English version has priority over the translated one.
FSC-NRA-UA V1-1 FSC National risk assessment of controlled wood for Ukraine
Experts have developed "Guidelines for practical implementation of requirements of the controlled wood standard FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1.
Its 3rd edition has been updated and supplemented.
Guidelines for practical implementation of requirements of the standard FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 (3rd edition)
Translations of documents
FSC Ukraine supports the translation of main documents into the Ukrainian language for informative purposes.
From policies, to national standards, to controlled wood risk assessments, the most up-to-date versions of documents from our normative framework can be found here in the FSC document centre.