If the product, e.g. the finished product delivered to the Operator in the EU, carries a certification logo or claim, what do I need to do?
Products that are certified under a scheme accredited by initiatives such as FSC and PEFC have a reduced risk of containing illegal wood. However they do not automatically have a ‘Non-Negligible’ risk rating. Risk evaluation is still needed with regards to their ability to cover relevant requirements against the EUTR.
FSC has issued an advice note which requires cooperation between FSC certificate holders within the supply chain to provide the required information under the EUTR, on request, to Operators. This includes, name of tree species (common and full scientific), the country/specific timber concession where the timber was harvested, quantity, name and address of the supplier etc. This information is not automatically known to the Operator even if the product they purchased is a certified product.
In addition, verification is needed with regard to the validity and the scope of the certificate relating to the product involved.
For users of SURE, i.e. direct supplier to the Operator, the following steps are advised when preparing information and documents to upload on SURE for a certified product:
Step 1 – Prepare the following documents;
- Chain of Custody Certificate of each timber processing company and trader involved in this supply chain for this component
- Invoice/contract/delivery notes or similar transport related documents between timber producer, timber processing company and trader;
Note that if the product originated from high risk areas, even if the product is certified, the following documents and other mitigation measures may be requested as additional evidence to demonstrate low risk of illegality:
- Forest Management Certificate of the timber producer;
- If the material supplied by the timber producer is “controlled wood” (under FSC) or “wood from non-controversial sources” (under PEFC system), the FSC CW Risk Assessment Report or PEFC DDS CoC procedures and reports;
Step 2 – Check the documents
- Is the certificate valid?
- Does the product being supplied fall within the scope of the certificate (product type and species)?
- On the invoice/contract/delivery notes between timber producers, timber processing company and trader, is the certification claims stated for the corresponding product being supplied? as well as the certification code of the seller?
Step 3 – Create a UWS
- Following the instruction of creating a new UWS to enter certification information for each node of the supply chain and upload corresponding documents as requested.
Step 4 – Create a name for the Component and link the UWS to the Component