Forest management certificate holders

As an FSC certificate holder you are helping to ensure forests for all forever - thank you!

Your FSC forest management certification ensures that your careful and long-term stewardship is recognised, and tested against nationally and internationally agreed standards of responsible forest management.

All FSC forest management is based on the FSC Principles and Criteria for Forest Stewardship and underpinned by the International Generic Indicators.

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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.

The FSC National Forest Stewardship Standard of the United Kingdom (FSC-STD-GBR-03-2017 V1-0)
PDF, Size: 1.34MB
UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) (V 4-0)
PDF, Size: 5.03MB
FSC Forest Management Standards in the UK (factsheet)
PDF, Size: 3.22MB

Forest management documents

Forest Management Evaluations (FSC-STD-20-007 V3-0)
PDF, Size: 504.90KB
FSC Controlled Wood Standard for Forest Management Enterprises (FSC-STD-30-010 V2-0)
PDF, Size: 160.00KB
Ecosystem Services Procedure: Impact Demonstration and Market Tools (FSC-PRO-30-006 EN V1-2)
PDF, Size: 1.03MB
Guidance for Demonstrating Ecosystem Services Impacts (FSC-GUI-30-006 V1-1)
PDF, Size: 3.36MB
Forest Management Groups Standard (FSC-STD-30-005 V2-0)
PDF, Size: 805.15KB
Interpretation on the use of the term ‘priority species’ (INT- FSC-STD-GBR-03-2017_01)
PDF, Size: 93.06KB
National High Conservation Value Framework for the United Kingdom (V1-1)
PDF, Size: 346.77KB
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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. 


FSC Directive on Forest Management Evaluations (FSC-DIR-20-007)


Forest Management Interpretations

Ecosystem Services Interpretations

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Trademark use

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.