Standard Setting

How are FSC rules and standards developed?

standardsetting (© FSC)© FSCThe development of the FSC standards is managed internationally by FSC International. 


The development process is participatory FSC standards. It is transparent, democratic, non-discriminatory and provides an opportunity for stakeholders to engage.


Proposals for development of new normative documents may come from any stakeholder.

They often originate from membership motions passed at the General Assembly, or the Board of Directors. Stakeholders are invited to comment on proposals before they are presented to the Board of Directors for decision taking.

Current normative documents are reviewed and where necessary revised according to a regular cycle. The revision process is implemented following the same requirements as the development process of a new normative document.

We follow the Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards produced by ISEAL, the global association for social and environmental standards systems. FSC is the only forest certification system recognised by ISEAL as following best practice in standard setting.

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Regional Standard for the Congo Basin 

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