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Research based information on Scots pine properties and uses

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  • Wood from sustainably managed forests: third party forest certification
  • Verified origin of wood: chain of custody from forests to end products

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.

More information
 >FSC certification (link to FSC web page) 
 >PEFC certification (link to PEFC web page) 
 >sustainable procurement of wood and paper-based products (link to World Resource Institute web page) 
 >Indisputable Key (link to project web page) 

Forest Finland in brief 2009. Finnish Forest Research Institute.
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Parviainen, J. et al. (eds.) 2007. State of Finland´s Forests 2007. Based on the Criteria and Indicators of Sustainable Forest Management. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Publications 7a/2007.
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