The UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) is an independent certification standard for verifying sustainable woodland management in the UK that is used for both Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certification.
The standard is reviewed every five years and the start of a formal process to revise the UKWAS standard was announced in January 2021. An independent multi-stakeholder working group is taking forward the work.
The UKWAS is managed by a multi-stakeholder partnership. Membership is open to organisations representing stakeholder groups and associate membership is open directly to stakeholders.
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Next steering group meeting:
- 30th June 2022 – encompassing AGM
Update on international approval / endorsement process for UKWAS 5
PEFC UK has advised that the UKWAS 5 pre-approval draft has been endorsed by PEFC International. As is usual, a small number of Minor Non-conformities have been identified and these will be addressed by the UKWAS working group. FSC UK advises that FSC International anticipates beginning its assessment of UKWAS 5 in October although this … Read more