Most timber used by EWP has the Chain of Custody certificate of the
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international accreditation body
that seeks to promote good forest management throughout the world.
Timber from certified forests is marked and is followed through the
trade chain by means of a monitoring and tracking system – the ‘Chain
of Custody’. This ensures that only genuinely FSC-certified timber and
wood products carry the FSC logo.
Certification involves two aspects:
is an independent assessment of the forest management operation,
according to specific ecological, social and economic standards.
This forest assessment typically includes an
1: The ecological health of the forest;
2: The economic viability of the operation;
3: The social impact of the forest management
second aspect, called chain-of-custody inspection, involves verifying
the flow of forest products from the stump in the forest, through
milling and manufacturing processes, to the finished product.
these two processes constitute forest product certification, also known
as timber certification, forest product labelling and forest management
auditing. This process, which is currently being carried out by both
non-profit and for-profit organisations in a number of countries, is
characterised as being an independent, objective and third party
The objective of certification is to assure consumers
that their purchases of forest products do not contribute to the
destruction and degradation of the worlds forests. Independent forest
product certification may also be a means through which producers can
achieve public credibility and recognition regarding their forest