Ensuring excellence in certification
© Kanitha KrishnasamyFSC does not issue certificates itself. Independent certification bodies carry out the forest management and chain of custody assessments that lead to FSC certification.
FSC sets the standards for forest management and chain of custody certification, and defines the procedures that certification bodies should follow in their certification assessments.
To make sure the certification bodies operate in line with our rules, they are checked or accredited. FSC is the only global forest certification system to have an integrated accreditation program that systematically checks its certification bodies.
Accreditation Services International (ASI) is responsible for checking certification body compliance with our rules and procedures through a combination of field and office audits. All FSC accredited certification bodies must meet the FSC accreditation requirements.
In the same way that certification bodies carry out annual checks on holders of FSC forest management and chain of custody certificates, so ASI carries out annual checks on the certification bodies, through office and field audits.