Companies sourcing controlled wood from these countries now can make use of these risk assessments which were approved by FSC on 8 May 2018.
These follow risk assessments that were approved for Austria, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, South Africa, and Switzerland on 3 April 2018.
FSC risk assessments determine the risk of sourcing unacceptable material according to the five controlled wood categories. Organisations will need to use the assessments for sourcing controlled wood following the standard FSC-STD-40-005 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood.
As per requirement 3.2 of the standard, organisations are required to adapt their due diligence systems to use the risk assessments within six months of the approval date, i.e. by 7 November 2018, unless an extension is justified and approved by the certification body.
The risk assessment for France concludes low risk for all risk assessment indicators. If you are sourcing controlled wood from France:
- You must ensure that there is no risk of mixing with ineligible material, e.g. that comes from non-low risk countries, in your supply chains.
- But otherwise, you do not need to implement any additional measures to ensure that the material is acceptable according to FSC's requirements and to use it as controlled wood.
The risk assessments for Czech Republic, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, and Turkey each conclude specified risk for at least one risk assessment indicator for at least part of the country. If you are intending to source controlled wood from these countries, you must implement control measures to mitigate all identified risks:
- You would need to identify the origin of the material being sourced to a detailed level, e.g. the forest management unit, and cooperate with your suppliers to implement control measures to avoid or control risk and verify their effectiveness.
- You must also ensure that there is no risk of mixing with ineligible material, e.g. that comes from forest within the country where risk has not been mitigated, in your supply chains.
You can download these, and all other approved risk assessments, from the FSC Document Centre. FSC also provides an assessment timetable that includes information on the progress of risk assessments still under development.