To assure the credibility of FSC claims, FSC material must be tracked downstream as they leave the forest and become final products.
ACS offers a complete service, starting from the initial review of customer applications, to serving as contact body for questions and conducting evaluations of FSC wood/fibre streams as required by FSC. This process leads to FSC certification of companies in association with GFA Certification GmbH once they have successfully passed evaluation. Certification management by ACS includes follow-up auditing service throughout the regular five-year term of certification.
ACS has officially partnered with GFA to provide FSC Chain-of-Custody certification in the U.S.. GFA is a reputable long-standing FSC-accredited and independent third-party certifier known for fast and reliable service. While certification contracts are entered directly with, and certificates are issued by GFA, the certification process is managed and supported by ACS on behalf of GFA.
FSC® requires companies that intend to sell forest products as FSC certified to undergo FSC certification. Those companies include primary and secondary manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, brokers/retailers (if they want to pass on the claim on the invoice, label or further transform), printers and paper merchants.