Third-party certification

FSC uses the third-party certification system. This means that FSC does not issue certificates itself. Independent certification bodies carry out the forest management and chain of custody assessments that lead to FSC certification.

See the list of certification bodies that operate in the Adria-Balkan Region. 

Third-party audit control
Third-party certification

What is third-party certification?

Of all conformity assessment procedures that give assurance that a product, process or service conforms to specified requirements, third-party certification provides the greatest value. Here are the main reasons why:

  • No conflict of interests

    One of the key distinctions between third party certification and other forms of conformity assessment is independence.

    Certification bodies provide an objective review of product safety and performance free from both the economic demands of the marketplace and internal company pressures because they have no financial interest in the sale of products.

  • Cost-effectiveness

    Third-party certification is more cost-effective than, for example, manufacturer’s self-declaration of conformity or testing and evaluation by the purchaser. This is because manufacturers and purchasers need not buy the testing equipment or hire staff competent to perform the evaluation of the products.

  • Market acceptance

    Products that are third-party certified are accepted immediately in the marketplace. This is because consumers, retailers and distributors recognise, and have confidence in the third-party certification mark on the product as an assurance of safety and performance.

  • Consumers' confidence

    Consumers are confident purchasing products that are third-party certified because of the surveillance and verification of continued compliance that certification bodies provide once the product is placed on the market. Consumers also know that if there is a problem with the product there is a complaint handling system to ensure that unsafe products are identified and quickly removed from the marketplace.

    Third-party certification also distinguishes the manufacturers that make products that comply with specified requirements from those that do not.