Thinking of getting certified?

Steps to certification:

Chain of Custody (COC) - wood processors, timber traders, paper merchants, printers and retailers...

  • Read the Guidance for COC Applicants
  • Complete the Woodmark FSC® COC Application Form or Woodmark FSC & PEFC Application Form and email it to wm@soilassociation.org
  • Based on information provided in the application form Woodmark will prepare a quote with an estimated time line for certification
  • If you want to go ahead with an evaluation, we will send you our contract, schedule and the FSC Trademark Licence Agreement for you to sign and return
  • One of Woodmark's lead auditors will carry out a certification audit and produce a report
  • After internal review of the report a certification decision will be made
  • Subject to satisfactory compliance with the relevant standard a five year certificate will be granted subject to annual surveillance audits.

Forest Management (FM)

  • Read either the International or the UK specific guidance notes for FM certification applicants
  • Complete the FM Certification Application Form and email to wm@soilassociation.org
  • Based on information provided in the application form Woodmark will prepare a quote with an estimated time line for certification
  • If you want to go ahead with an evaluation, we will then send you our contract, schedule and the FSC Trademark Licence Agreement for you to sign and return
  • A consultation period with local communities, environmental groups, government and scientific researchers identified as stakeholders will then commence for six weeks before the certification audit
  • During the audit a multidisciplinary team of Woodmark auditors will assess the applicant's compliance with the relevant certification standard/s and produce a report incorporating issues raised during consultation with stakeholders
  • After internal and peer reviews of the certification report have been conducted, a certification decision will be made
  • Subject to satisfactory compliance with the relevant standard/s a five year certificate will be granted subject to annual surveillance audits.

Before undertaking a main assessment, the applicant may request that Woodmark carry out a pre-assessment or 'scoping visit' to assess the applicant operation's eligibility for certification. In some circumstances a pre-assessment is mandatory.

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