Update on international approval & endorsement process for UKWAS 5

The international approval/ endorsement process for UKWAS 5 being taken forward by FSC UK and PEFC UK is well underway, with detailed assessment of the UKWAS 5 pre-approval draft being undertaken by the schemes’ international bodies.

However, the target effective date for UKWAS 5 of 1 April 2023 is almost certainly not going to be achieved by both schemes. The best estimate is for a revised UKWAS 5 effective date to be in Quarter 3 or Quarter 4 of 2023.

Meanwhile, UKWAS 4 will remain current until the launch of UKWAS 5.

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