FSC accredited, independent, “third-party” certification bodies or “certifiers” certify forests. They assess forest management using the FSC principles, criteria, and regional U.S. standards. This allows FSC to remain outside
of the assessment process, and supports the integrity of the standard, and of the FSC certification system. Certifiers
evaluate both forest management activities (forest management certification sometimes referred to as “F.M.”)
and chain-of-custody tracking (chain-of custody-certification sometimes referred to as “C.O.C.”) for mills,
manufactures and distributors. C.O.C. certification addresses a company’s ability to track certified products throughout their inventory and distribution processes.
If you are interested in obtaining an FSC-certification, please contact an FSC accredited certifier. They will be able
to provide you with information regarding how the assessment process works, costs, and a timeline for certification completion.
Click here for a list of FSC accredited certifiers.