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FPG 016.06.01 Rev3
FACT SHEET
FOREST PRODUCTS MARKING PROGRAM FOR FOREST PRODUCTS ORIGINATING FROM A
DEFINED FOREST AREA REGISTERED TO CAN/CSA-Z809
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization comprised of three divisions which include
Canadian Standards Association, CSA International and QMI. We have a network of offices, partners,
and strategic alliances in Canada, the U.S., and around the world. Established in 1919, CSA is a
leader in the field of standards development, product certification, and management systems
registrations. The CSA Forest Products Group is a component of CSA International and was created
to develop, implement and manage CSA’s Forest Products Marking Program.
It is anticipated that the public, consumer groups and the marketplace will continue to drive the
demand for certified forest products originating from forests registered (certified) to CAN/CSA-Z809.
Increased demand will motivate more organizations to implement and register their defined forest
area(s) (DFA’s) and qualify their chain(s) of custody. Market demand is, and will continue to be, a
critical driver for sustainable forest management and product differentiation.
With assurance that forests are being managed according to established principles of sustainable
forest management (CAN/CSA-Z809) the next evolution is the management, recognition and
promotion of forest products that have originated from a registered DFA. This is achieved through the
CSA Forest Products Marking Program.
Chain of custody is the tracking of forest products originating from a registered DFA through all
phases of ownership, transportation and transformation from the DFA of origin to the end consumer.
CSA PLUS 1163 outlines the minimum requirements for a chain of custody, which recognizes forest
products, originating from a registered (certified) DFA. Once an organization has implemented the
chain of custody requirements outlined in CSA PLUS 1163 they may choose to "qualify" their chain(s)
of custody through an independent third party qualification audit by CSA. The next option for an
organization that has been successfully qualified is to become licensed to apply the CSA SFM Mark to
certified forest products. The CSA SFM Mark distinguishes the product as having originated from a
forest registered (certified) to CAN/CSA-Z809. The CSA SFM Mark is not connected to product
characteristics such as load requirements, stress ratings or dimensional capacity.
CSA has three marking options. Two are based on inventory control and accounting of certified wood
flows and the third is based on physical separation of certified wood. An organization implementing
the chain of custody and marking program will select the most suitable approach. CSA issues the
CSA SFM Mark based on the following options.
1) Input / Output System (% in / % out) for Solid Wood
The input/output system is based on the premise that the total batch of
products can be labelled with the CSA SFM Mark when the amount of certified
(originating from a forest certified to CAN/CSA Z809) wood based raw
material in the input batch meets or exceeds the set minimum average
threshold.
In order to apply the CSA SFM Mark the minimum average input is 70% (by
volume or by weight) of certified (originating form a forest certified to
CAN/CSA Z809) wood based raw material. In addition, none of the wood
based raw material (including the remaining input percentage of wood-basedraw material) shall have come from controversial sources.
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2) Minimum Average Percentage System for Composite Products
The minimum average percentage system approach is based on the
premise that the total batch of products can be labelled with the CSA
SFM Mark when the amount of certified (originating from a forest
certified to CAN/CSA Z809) wood based raw material in the input
batch meets or exceeds the set minimum average threshold.
In order to apply the CSA SFM Mark the minimum average input is
70% (by volume or by weight) of certified (originating form a forest
certified to CAN/CSA Z809) wood based raw material. In addition,
none of the wood based raw material (including the remaining input
percentage of wood-based-raw material) shall have come from
controversial sources
3) Physical Separation
In this approach, certified wood, wood raw materials, and wood products are
received and clearly marked or physically segregated or otherwise identified as
certified (originating from a forest certified to CAN/CSA Z809 DFA) and remain
clearly identifiable as certified throughout transportation, handling, processing,
manufacturing or remanufacturing process(s). This Mark can be applied on
packaging and/or directly onto the product.
Participating organizations will enter into a qualification agreement and a licensing agreement with
CSA for the use of the CSA SFM Mark. During the period of qualification and licensing the
organization's program will be subject to an annual surveillance audit, as well as unannounced audits
to assure on-going conformance to the requirements of CSA PLUS 1163 and the Specifications for
Use of the CSA SFM Mark document.
An audit performed by CSA determines if the organization's system and process, on the date of the
audit, meet the requirements of CSA PLUS 1163 and the Specifications for Use of the CSA SFM Mark
document. By noting any deficiencies, CSA may assist participating organizations to meet the
requirements of due diligence and reasonable care imposed by law, but does not provide a
determination of compliance of the organization or its facility with legislative and regulatory
requirements, nor does it evaluate an organization's performance. CSA PLUS 1163 and the audit
report are not designed to function as a substitute for legal advice as to compliance with applicable
laws.
CSA will not disclose without the prior consent of the participating organization any confidential
information received from the organization, except as required by law. Where a regulatory authority
requests confidential information or by court order, the participating organization will be advised of this
request. A publicly accessible listing of qualified organizations is maintained by CSA International.
The qualification and auditing services provided by CSA are intended for the sole benefit of the
participating organizations. CSA does not assume responsibility to any third party for any act or
omission in connection with the qualification of a participating organization.
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