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TÜV AUSTRIA GROUP has taken the strategic decision to accomplish the accreditation for FSC® Chain of Custody certification through its branch in Greece.

This strategic goal has been reached since TÜV AUSTRIA HELLAS was recently accredited for FSC® Chain of Custody Certification by A.S.I (Accreditation Services International GmbH). The certification scope is valid for 14 countries (Austria, Albania, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Pakistan, Qatar, Serbia, Turkey and Yemen).

This international standard specifies requirements for the effective monitoring of FSC certified materials is identified or kept segregated from non-certified or non-controlled material through this chain. In fact, Chain of Custody means: uninterrupted and traceable chain that the products follow from the forest to the consumer, through all stages of production, sales and distribution.

The standard involves all the business of forest products supply chain, such as wood and paper production and products, the wood or paper products trade, printing companies and the subcontractors and suppliers of these companies. By adopting the requirements of this standard the industry’s companies demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection practices. At the same time, they are given the opportunity to enhance their reputation gaining competitive advantage and added value, while they are more capable of attracting, sensitive to environmental issues clientele, as their products are easily recognizable by consumers.

It is also notable that FSC® Chain of Custody certification standard has been developed by Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). A non-profit organization working in the field of responsible forest management to promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management strategies. The certification according to the requirements of the standard enables the FSC Certificate holders to buy and sell products that come from forests with responsible management, controlled sources, reclaimed materials or a combination of these.

FSC Certification service (license code: FSC® A000540) is considered as a very important addition in the wide portfolio of certification services provided by TUV AUSTRIA GROUP worldwide.