The FSC international policy and standards unit (FSC PSU) issued a “PSU Advice” to Certification Bodies late yesterday.  It is meant to address a pending crisis among a number of large US companies who are objecting to the language a required self-declaration document now required of all CoC-certified companies.  The policy advice (FSC-PSU_Letter CBs_10.1.12) does what FSC does best:  it defers a decision to a later date.  But it doesn’t defer it much.

MixedWood has a couple of high-profile clients who have scheduled surveillance audits coming up in the next few weeks.  Because they do not plan to sign the FSC statement, their auditor will have to raise a major non-conformity.  Ordinarily, major NC’s have to be closed within 3 months.  This advice memo extends this due date until March 31 of next year.

Will this turn out to be a non-issue or a major crisis?  My best guess is that we’ll find out on March 30.