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Forest Stewardship Council Certification

Certification from third-party organisations such as the Forest Stewardship Council  (FSC) are potential tools in assessing the risks of illegality related to timber or its derived products. However, they are not accepted as automatic proof of compliance.

The EUTR Guidance document sets four key questions for companies to use to assess the credibility of a third-party certification system.

FSC has taken additional measures to further ensure its system complies with the latest timber laws of the EU, USA and Australia.   In early 2015, the FSC created the FSC Directive on Forest Management Evaluations to help standardize the understanding and implementation of requirements by FSC accredited certification bodies and certificate holders.  See also US Forest Management & Certification.

FSC’s certification scheme is based on ISO Guide 65.  Accreditation Services International evaluates the compliance of the implementation of the FSC scheme against ISO Guide 65 and accredits Certification Bodies if they are compliant.  FSC is a full member of ISEAL and as such has to demonstrate compliance with ISEAL norms, including the Impact Code.

The FSC believes that its accreditation system in relation to country of harvest and/or wood species involved is sufficiently robust to reduce the risk of illegal timber to negligible, requiring no additional information to be collected. However, the due diligence system of each operator would need to be robust enough to verify this if challenged by an inspector.



APA in Europe Wizard

All Questions OSBPlywood

What is a ‘life cycle stage’ and how do these link to the environmental assessment of whole buildings?

How do core category rules link with environmental product declarations?

Whose responsibility is it to check that wood products being imported into the EU do not originate from illegally sourced timber supplies?

Does the EUTR require mills to provide any extra documentation for customs entry into the European Union?

Must all plywood and OSB panels carry a CE marking?

What is the definition of a construction product under the CPR?

What is a Declaration of Performance referred to under the Construction Products Regulation?

What is the difference between Structural 1 and Exposure 1?

Does structural panel siding have shear values?

What are mould and mildew, and do they compromise the integrity of engineered wood?

The CE-mark on an APA plywood panel means it conforms to European Standards – but which ones?

I want to use a Rated Sheathing panel for flooring/ roofing application, what info do I need to know?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What extra strength benefits do Structural 1 OSB panels provide over standard Rated Sheathing panels?

Do APA panels give off formaldehyde?

Plywood: Formaldehyde
OSB: Formaldehyde

What is the difference between a touch-sanded panel and sanded panel?

I’d like to know how APA veneer grades match those given in the European standards

How do I correctly gauge the face appearance a plywood Siding panel?

I want to specify an APA panel for concrete formwork – what do I need to know?

Are APA panels tongue and grooved on all four edges?

I am not familiar with the term ‘Sized for Spacing’ – what is its significance?

How are Performance Category and thickness related?

I’d like to know more about a panel’s Span Rating and how it links to thickness.

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is Span Rating on the APA trademark and why is it important?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is the difference between Exposure 1 and Exterior plywood panels? What are their appropriate uses?

What are the main OSB panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main plywood panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for OSB panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986 and EN 300

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for plywood panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986, EN 636, EN 314, EN 635-3