Health & Safety, Environmental and QA Services and Systems


Changed FSC Use of Label standard

The new Forest Stewardship Council trademark standard, FSC-STD-50-001, Requirements for Use of the FSC Trademarks by Certificate Holders came into effect on 1st March 2010, it will become mandatory as of 1st January 2011.

On-product and off-product requirements as well as graphic rules are now in a single standard, replacing the 3 documents previously used.

The most significant change is the introduction of new trademark protection symbols and new label and logo designs, which include trademark license codes instead of certificate registration numbers.

Strategic Safety Systems have provided a summary of the changes in the table below. In addition, those companies for whom we have developed systems may download an updated version of 5.1 cbpA FSC Rules.

You could also download the full new standard.

Parameter Old New
Label types

100% FSC
Mixed sources virgin
Mixed sources virgin and recycled
Mixed sources virgin and controlled wood
Mixed sources controlled and recycled
Mixed sources virgin, controlled and recycled
100% recycled

FSC 100%
FSC Recycled

On product label sizes Portrait 19mm wide
Landscape 11mm high
Portrait 17mm wide
Landscape 12mm high
Mini Portrait 11mm wide
Mini Landscape 8mm high
Off product (promotional) label No spec.

New label with minimum height specification.
Suggested text. Note that the word "sustainable" is not to be used and "responsible" should be used instead.

"Using paper from responsibly managed forests."

The new labels also include the option to mention the product type within the label such as “wood”, “paper” and “packaging”, for example “wood from responsible sources”.

FSC has also introduced a standard promotional panel for use off-product and a standard mini-label design for on-product applications of the label where space is restricted.

As of 1st March 2010 existing Certificate Holders have been issued with a license code. New Certificate Holders, gaining certification after 1st March will need to sign a license agreement as part of the certification process, existing certificate holders will need to sign the agreement by the end of the year to maintain certification.

Certificate holders will be able to download customised labels, including their license code, at the Certificate Holder Portal. These are available in different formats including .eps, .tiff and .jpg.

Download the changed version of 5.1 cbpA FSC Rules.

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