Standards Development

The UKWAS standard-setting process conforms to FSC and PEFC requirements.

The standard is reviewed and, if necessary, revised every five years. The steering group appoints a working group of standard-users and stakeholders to undertake the revision and the wider stakeholder community is able to provide input and make comment on drafts which are published for public consultation.

The standard-setting process is reviewed prior to each revision to ensure continued alignment with FSC and PEFC processes. The current version, UKWAS 4, was approved by the steering group in November 2019. UKWAS 4 is being revised and UKWAS 5 is expected to be in effect from 1st April 2023.