The deadline for all certificate holders in the charcoal supply chain to submit their details for mandatory transaction verification for quarters 3 of 2018 will be postponed until early 2019.
Due to questions received in 2017 about the integrity of the FSC®-certified charcoal product type, investigations were initiated by FSC and ASI to determine the extent of the problem within the charcoal supply chain.
The investigation by ASI revealed a substantial number of volume mismatches between trading partners, and as a result, several certificates were suspended or terminated.
Due to these findings, it has been determined that transaction verification and mandatory traditional wood anatomy testing should be implemented for the charcoal supply chain. Read more…