Confirmed origin of wood
A certificate granted to wooden products by the independent third party auditing agencies is a verification of sustainable forest management and the confirmed origin of the materials used in the manufacture. As a proof of meeting the certification requirements the products can be labelled with appropriate certificate labels.
The certification of wood products typically consists of two parts: certification of the forestry operations and the chain of custody. Certification is optional to the forest owners and wood product manufacturers. The forest certificate assures ecologically and economically sustainable and responsible management and use of forest resources.
The chain of custody tracks certified material through the production process - from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing, and distribution. It is to ensure that the wood contained in the end product or in the product line originates from sustainably managed, certified forests.
Certification is a voluntary process for forest owners and wood product manufacturers. The certificates and certified processes are regularly inspected by both internal and external inspections and audits.
Imported timber is typically distributed by supplier companies. The suppliers are obliged to inform wood buyers about the origin of the wood they deliver. The information the suppliers provide is inspected on-site by the buying companies, and the inspections can also be made by third party certification organizations.