Ease export pressure and promote sustainable forest development

FSC Forest certification System - Chain of Custody (COC) certification

FSC®® stands for Forest Stewardship Council®. Founded in 1993, FSC®® has been working to improve forest management around the world for many years and has more than 900 members in more than 80 countries. FSC® has a broad membership that includes environmental and social organizations, timber traders and forest farm operators, minority organizations, responsible businesses, community forestry groups, and others from around the world. FSC® is committed to transforming forest management around the world by setting standards for forests and businesses seeking certification based on the principles of participation, democracy, equity and transparency.Through certification, inspire forest owners and managers, as well as production, processing and trading enterprises along the production and marketing chain to follow social and environmental best practices. 


FSC® is the most rigorous forest certification scheme in the world, and the only one that is respected by WWF and Greenpeace. Forest certification is a tool to manage forests in a scientific and responsible way and to use market mechanisms to promote sustainable forest management and achieve environmental, social and economic goals. FSC® trademark on a certified product means that its manufacturing process complies with a rigorous set of requirements, is environmentally appropriate, beneficial to the community, and economically viable. With FSC® certification, we inspire forest owners, operators and the entire supply chain to practice together for a future where "Forests For All Forever". 


FSC® Chain of Custody (CoC) certification verifies that FSC® materials have been identified and separated from non-certified and uncontrolled materials during their journey from forests to market along the supply chain. Chain of Custody certification for production and marketing is available to businesses of any size and organizational structure, including individual certification, multi-site certification, and group certification to reduce costs.


This project is provided by DCI Certification Ltd. (approval number:ASI-APP-106) for FSC® Chain of Custody Certification (including CW procurement and trade). Authorize DCI Certification Services (Shanghai) Ltd. to carry out publicity, promotion and contract signing in the certification market under certification activities, and not to engage in critical certification activities, in The People’s Republic of China.


Service Content

Chain of Custody (CoC) certification is the path for a product (wood, paper, etc.) from the forest, or in the case of recycled materials, from the recycling site to a place of sale with a declared product or labeled finished product. CoC includes the stages of purchasing, processing, trading and selling, as well as the ownership changes involved in the process to the next stage of the supply chain. Any change in ownership of a CoC certified product should be accompanied by the establishment of a CoC management system. 


FSC® aims to provide reliable assurance that products sold under a particular claim originate from well-managed forests, controlled sources, recycled materials, or mixtures of these materials. CoC certification helps goods made from these materials move transparently through the supply chain. The trademarks of certified products and the promotion of the products with the corresponding forest certification trademarks can help consumers make informed decisions based on the commodities and their raw materials when choosing to buy.


Related standards

1. FSC-STD-40-003 Chain of Custody Certification of Multiple Sites

2. FSC-STD-40-004 Chain of Custody Certification

3. FSC-STD-40-005 Requirements for Sourcing FSC Controlled Wood

4. FSC-STD-40-007 Sourcing reclaimed material for use in FSC Product Groups or FSC

5. FSC-STD-50-001 Requirements for use of the FSC trademarks by certificate holders

More information can be found on the FSC website(Document Centre | Forest Stewardship Council (fsc.org)).

  1. Certification Process

    Communication of Certification Intention → submission of application materials → application review → signing of certification contract → planning of audit scheme and determination of audit time → audit → certification decision → certificate issuance → annual surveillance and qualification maintenanc

  2. Benefit Obtained

    To gain access to the mainstream market of forest products in Europe and the United States and improve market competitiveness;

    Stand out in all kinds of supplier evaluation and bidding projects at home and abroad, and seize the opportunity;

    Fulfill corporate social responsibility commitment, enhance corporate image, achieve sustainable development;

  3. Common problem

    1. After obtaining the certificate, how to query the authenticity and validity of the certificate?

    The authenticity and validity of the certificate can be queried by logging on to FSC database(https://fsc.org) , or by logging on to the national certification and accreditation information public service platform (http://cx.cnca.cn).

    2. After obtaining the certificate, how long is the certificate valid? Is it necessary to review every year?

    The validity period of the certificate is 5 years, and at least one on-site audit is required every year to keep the certificate valid.

    3. How to obtain FSC related standard documents?  

    Can log on to the FSC public website (https://fsc.org/en/document-centre) to download.

    4.What is the charge standard of FSC?

    FSC certification fee is determined according to the FSC-POL-20-005 requirements, and according to the annual turnover of forest products of the enterprise.

    5.How to apply for FSC certification?

    Please send application of intention email to fsc.certification@dciglobal.com.cn,We will arrange relevant personnel to contact.

  4. Why Select DCI

    Every enterprise has an operation management process related to major strategic objectives. The improvement of business operation performance depends on your ability to discover the advantages, disadvantages and improvement opportunities of the company. DCI has provided quality management system certification services for many organizations in various countries. Our auditors will help you understand your quality management system. The links you care about are the links DCI cares about, and the processes you care about are the processes DCI cares about. Our pursuit goes beyond the simple audit and supervision, but to identify your actual needs with the latest industry standards and rich practical experience at the same time to bring you tangible benefits, and to become a partner and witness of every step of your enterprise growth.

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