Revision 2009 – 2011

The UK Woodland Assurance Standard was first launched in 1999 and a revised second edition was released in 2006 and further amended in 2008 following a review which aimed to make greater provision for smaller woodland owners.

Under the UKWAS standard-setting process which conforms to FSC and PEFC requirements the standard must be revised every five years by means of a three-year revision process.

The Steering Group undertook a comprehensive revision between 2009 and 2011 in three main phases and there were three opportunities for stakeholders to make input:

  • Phase 1 in 2009 was an evidence gathering phase including an initial stakeholder consultation
  • Phase 2 in 2010 was the main revision drafting phase leading to a revision draft for consultation
  • Phase 3 in 2011 was the conclusion phase including further revision and preparation of a pre-approval draft for a final consultation. After further amendment, FSC UK and PEFC UK were invited to submit the final draft standard to their international parent bodies for approval.

The third edition (version 3.0) of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard was  endorsed by PEFC for use with effect from 1st January 2012 and following some minor changes to form version 3.1 was approved by FSC for use with effect from 1st July 2012.

The documentation relating to the revision is available in Documents.