FSC Chain of Custody

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.

  • FSC is a stakeholder owned system for promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.
  • Through consultative processes, it sets international standards for responsible forest management.
  • It accredits independent third party organisations who can certify forest managers and forest product producers to FSC standards.
  • Its trademark provides international recognition to organisations who support the growth of responsible forest management.
  • Its product label allows consumers worldwide to recognise products that support the growth of responsible forest management worldwide.
  • FSC undertakes marketing programs and information services that contribute to the mission of promoting responsible forestry worldwide.
  • Over the past 12 years, over 84 million hectares in more than 82 countries have been certified according to FSC standards while several thousand products are produced using FSC certified wood and carrying the FSC trademark. FSC operates through its network of National Initiatives in 40 countries.

For further information please see our Chain of Custody Information Sheet or call our head office on 01494 569700 or email enquiries@bmtrada.com. Whatever business you are in, we will be happy to advise you on the most cost-effective route to registration.

For details of the costs of certification please complete and return our Request for Quotation Form and Appendix A

If you are outsourcing any activities / processes please can you complete the Request for Quote Form Appendix A in addition to the Request for Quote form

If you are transferring your Chain of Custody Certification to BM TRADA from another Certification Body please can you complete Request for Quote Form Appendix B in addition to the Request for Quote form

If you are purchasing reclaimed materials (wood or fibre) please can you complete the Request for Quote form Appendix C in addition to the Request for Quote form.

FSC Project Chain of Custody

A recent initiative from FSC is Project Chain of Custody, through which individual projects, whether a new build development or major refurbishment/redevelopment can obtain chain of custody certification during the build process and up to handover.

The FSC Project Chain of Custody standard recognises that not all contractors on-site would have their own chain of custody certification and allows them to be covered as project members. Contractors/sub-contractors working on the construction project are therefore not required to have their own chain of custody registration but must source timber/timber products from a supplier with valid chain of custody certification.

This will make the specifier’s life much easier, as until the launch of the new standard, there was no way of guaranteeing that only certified products would be used on site. Close checks are maintained to ensure that the FSC claim can be met:

  • A Project Manager with responsibility and authority to implement and maintain the chain of custody is appointed to oversee the process.
  • Meticulous records are maintained to document the purchase, delivery, receipt, invoicing and volumes of all wood products received on site.
  • All personnel involved in the project with a defined responsibility within the chain of custody system are fully trained in chain of custody procedures. Detailed records on training are maintained.

On completion of the project build or refurbishment certification is awarded to the project, allowing the main contractor to hand over a FSC Certified building.

For an overview of the Certification process and requirements please see the attached.

For further information please call our head office on 01494 569700 or email enquiries@bmtrada.com. Whatever business you are in, we will be happy to advise you on the most cost-effective route to registration.

For details of the costs of certification please complete and return our Request for Quotation Form

BM TRADA Complaints Procedure

Request for Quotation Form

FSC Certificate Database