Consultation on proposed FSC pesticide derogation application

The UKWAS Steering Group is facilitating a consultation by the UK certification bodies, Control Union, SGS Qualifor and Soil Association Woodmark, on behalf of FSC certificate holders.

The consultation concerns proposals for renewing derogations from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) so as to permit the use of Propyzamide which is legal to use in the UK but is classed as ‘highly hazardous’ by FSC so can only be used in FSC-certified woodlands if there are no practicable alternatives.

Propyzamide is considered by its users to be necessary for control of grass in forest plantations in the UK for which there is currently a derogation allowing its use but which will expire on 28th May 2015.

How can I find out more?

Draft derogation application is available for download here:

Invitation to comment

It is important to receive feedback from a full range of economic, environmental and social stakeholders and you are strongly encouraged to respond to this consultation exercise. Your input will ensure that full account is taken of all the important issues.

The consultation period starts on 9th February 2015.

Please send your consultation response to by 26th March 2015.