FSC opens public consultation Feb. 1-March 1 to update its sustainable forestry requirements under FSC EUDR Aligned--a modular set of solutions that will support FSC certificate holders to comply with EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR)

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February 1, 2024 (press release) –

FSC is updating its sustainable forestry requirements under FSC EUDR Aligned – a modular set of solutions that will support FSC certificate holders to comply with the EU Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR). This consultation includes system-wide changes to align with the intention of FSC’s Policy to Address Conversion and the updated FSC Risk Assessment Framework. The public consultation for these requirements is open from 1  February to 1  March 2024 on the Consultation Platform.  

A key part of FSC’s offer is the development of requirements for the FSC Regulatory Module: a voluntary module that complements existing FSC certification requirements to support EUDR compliance. It presents additional forest management, chain of custody and controlled wood requirements for organizations looking to use their FSC certification to support their efforts to demonstrate compliance with EUDR. The FSC Regulatory Module sets the framework and requirements to:  

  • introduce a due diligence system to support EUDR compliance, including information collection, risk assessment and risk mitigation,  
  • gather and transmit precise information on the origin of products (geolocation and time of production), and  
  • adds further assurance that only deforestation-free material enters an FSC chain of custody value chain that needs to be EUDR compliant. 

Understand how the FSC Regulatory Module applies to you 

To help understand the proposed additional requirements within the FSC Regulatory Module please review the infokit here and learn about what applies to you based on your user type with our interactive user journey here: FSC EUDR (fsc-eudr-journey.org). 

Alignment with the intention of FSC’s new Policy to Address Conversion  

To further tighten the FSC system to deliver deforestation-free products, FSC is also fast tracking the implementation of changes from the intention of FSC’s new Policy to Address Conversion, which was voted for by members in 2022. These changes are introduced in the form of Advice Notes to the existing certification system - which will ultimately ensure products from any sort of conversion that is possible, even in exceptional circumstances as in the Policy to Address Conversion, do not enter the system as an “FSC Claim.” Additional Advice Notes for chain of custody and controlled wood users are included in the consultation to support the implementation of the Regulatory Module and align with global best practices. Learn more here.  

Due diligence: FSC Risk Assessments 

The next generation of FSC’s existing risk assessment framework for controlled wood sourcing are being updated as FSC Risk Assessments, now available for all certification types and even non-certified companies. We envisage that these will become an invaluable tool for companies to assess and mitigate risks efficiently. Stakeholders from the environmental and social chamber are especially encouraged to participate in the consultation. Learn more here

Summary of all upcoming webinars related to FSC and EUDR 

The webinars to learn more about changes being introduced are also now open for registration and will be available in simultaneous interpretation into Spanish and French. Register below! 

Consultation webinars focusing on FSC normative framework changes: 

Webinar on FSC Regulatory Module, system-wide changes and FSC Risk Assessments  

Webinar on FSC Regulatory Module and system-wide changes  

Webinar on FSC Risk Assessments  

As well as the incoming normative changes, FSC’s alignment towards EUDR will be strongly supported by the upgrades that FSC is working on to improve its certification infrastructure towards digitization and improved data management and access. These include the FSC Forest Atlas and FSC Blockchain.  All of these digital and normative solutions come together to create a comprehensive package called FSC EUDR Aligned.  


To learn more about FSC & EUDR, please visit our webpage or read our FAQ.  Stay informed on the evolution of the FSC Regulatory Module by checking the process page.  


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