FSC does not certify forest operations or manufacturers. This important step is done by FSC-accredited certification bodies. This maintains FSC's independence between our standards and requirements, and operations seeking certification.
Certificate types: There are several types of FSC certificates available from certification bodies. Forest management certificates apply to operations managing forest land. Chain of custody certificates ensure that processing operations can track the path of certified forest products through production. Joint forest management-chain of custody certificates are available. All certificates can be for individual forest operations or for groups of forest operations.