Standards for FSC forest management in the UK
The formal basis for FSC forest management (FM) certification in the UK is the national forest stewardship standard FSC-STD-GBR-03-2017 V1-0. This presents FM requirements in the context of FSC’s international Principles and Criteria. Most forest managers are more familiar with the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS). This has a different, more user-friendly format, and omits the wording of the Principles and Criteria, but contains the same FM requirements.
All current and potential FM certificate holders in the UK should be aware that the Principles and Criteria ordered version of the standard is the formal basis for auditing and decision making. In cases of dispute, this version is considered to be definitive. However, certificate holders are free to use the UKWAS version in their day to day work and in discussions with auditors.
Advice and interpretations
A directive includes all advice issued in relation to a single standard. The relation to a standard is reflected in the document code. An interpretation is a formal normative clarification provided by the FSC Performance and Standards Unit to requirements included in documents of the FSC Normative Framework.
The FSC trademarks are the primary communication tools for FSC certificate holders to demonstrate that their products meet the standards set by FSC. Compliance with the FSC trademark standard is mandatory for all FSC certificate holders making use of the FSC trademarks.