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.
ACS delivers Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and PEFC™ auditing services in partnership with Orion Registrar (certification body).
Orion Registrar is a full-service, management system and product certification registrar / certification body headquartered in the Denver, Colorado, area. Orion works with partners and associates located throughout the USA and the world.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.
The SFI 2015-2019 Chain-of-Custody Standard is an accounting system that tracks forest fiber content through production and manufacturing to the end product. Companies can use chain-of-custody certification to track and communicate how much of their product comes from certified lands, fiber sourcing, recycled content or non-certified forest content.
The Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification.
Chain of Custody (COC) is a process for tracking forest products from their place of origin through all stages of transfer and production to the final consumer as an end product. The PEFC standard provides an assurance that any uncertified wood is not from controversial sources.
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