Notices to Users


Transition to the UKWAS Third Edition (updated 25th September 2013)

The current version of the UK Woodland Assurance Standard is UKWAS 3.1.

The UKWAS 3.1 can be viewed in this on-line version and is also available in PDF format: UK Woodland Assurance Standard (Version 3.1).

The standard is used by both the FSC and PEFC schemes and each has its own processes for approving/endorsing updated versions of the UKWAS. The UKWAS Steering Group does everything it can to facilitate the schemes making a rapid transition to the latest version of the UKWAS but at times the two certification schemes will be using different versions of UKWAS.

The current situation for FSC and PEFC users is outlined below.

For FSC users:

The amended Third Edition of the UKWAS standard (UKWAS 3.1) was approved by the Forest Stewardship Council for use in its UK certifications in place of UKWAS 2 from 1st July 2012.

For PEFC users:

The Third Edition of the UKWAS standard (UKWAS 3.0) was endorsed by PEFC Council for use in its UK certifications from 1st January 2012 and the amended version (UKWAS 3.1) was endorsed on 30th July 2013. There is a transition period of one year so users must be certified using UKWAS 3.1 no later than 31st July 2014.

The UKWAS 3.1 can be viewed in this on-line version and is also available in PDF format: UK Woodland Assurance Standard (Version 3.1).

A Summary Revision Report detailing the changes from UKWAS 3.0 has been prepared to help you see what has changed.

The UKWAS 3.0 is available in PDF format here.