Notes to Users

The UK Woodland Assurance Standard is the certification standard for verifying sustainable forest management used by both the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

The version of the UKWAS standard currently adopted by each scheme is UKWAS version 4.0 effective from 1 April 2018.

There is a one-year transitional period for existing certificate holders to transition from UKWAS 3.1 to UKWAS 4.0. Further information can be obtained from your group scheme manager, the certification schemes or your certification body.

UKWAS 4 formats

Website: the online version provides the user with easy navigation and includes search functionality and glossary term highlighting.

Document: the PDF-formatted version is designed for use as a portable paper document that can be downloaded and printed by the user. A limited number of hard copies is available from the UKWAS Suport Unit whilst stocks last.

MS Word: users requiring a plain text document in MS Word format for their use in preparing bespoke certification documentation can request a copy from the UKWAS Support Unit.