Chain of Custody (CoC)
Chain of Custody (CoC) certification is a one step backward assessment to assess whether the source of wood raw materials used by the timber industry is certified as sustainable forest.
In the CoC certification assessment, the assessor will assess the traceability of timber from the industry to the source of raw materials through a timber administration assessment, in order to obtain an unbroken chain that describes the origin of the wood from sustainably produced forests.
For consumers, chain of custody certification is useful to distinguish wood products from sustainable forests from those that are not.
For producers/industry, chain of custody certification can improve production efficiency and regularity of timber administration, and increase market confidence in the wood products produced.
The chain of custody certification logo on the product is also a guarantee of the origin of the wood and an appreciation for forest sustainability.
The implementation of the COC Certification System is described in the LEI Guidelines series 88 which includes various guidelines related to the system.
LEI Guidelines Series 88 – COC
Chain of Custody CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION INSTITUTIONS
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR FIELD ASSESSERS FOR CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION EXPERT PANEL
CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION FIELD ASSESSMENT GUIDE
GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION OF CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION FIELD ASSESSMENT REPORT
CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION SCREENING GUIDELINES
DECISION-MAKING GUIDELINES FOR CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION BY EXPERT PANEL
GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPMENT OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION
GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF SUPERVISION AND CERTIFICATE EXTENSION IN CHAIN OF CUSTODY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Some of the information contained in the CoC certification document includes:
- Chain of Custody Certification System
- Guidelines for Compiling Chain of Custody Certification Recommendations
- CoC Certification Decision Making Guidelines by Expert Panel
- Chain of Custody Certification Field Assessor Guide
- General Requirements for Chain of Custody Certification Expert Panel
- General Requirements for Chain of Custody
- Certification Field Appraisers
- General Requirements for Certification Bodies, Chain of Custody certification
- Download the full document here (472 kb)
For booklet version of CoC guide, download here (307 kb)
(Emil Salim, 1994)