The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

AsureQuality is an independent contractor, delivering FSC® certification services in association with NEPCon.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

The Forest Stewardship Council was formed to address concerns about the deforestation, environmental degradation and social issues around forestry.

They highlighted the need for a credible system identifying well managed forests supplying responsibly produced wood products.

FSC Website (external link)


NEPCon is a Certification Body (ASI-ACC-066) accredited to certify forestry operations that meet the FSC’s Forest Management (FM) and Chain of Custody (CoC) standards.

NEPCon Website (external link)

We carry out FM and CoC audits in association with NEPCon. We interact with the Asia Pacific Regional Office on a regular basis to ensure that the needs of NZ based organisations are met.

If you have any concerns with a NEPCon certificate, please go to the NEPCon webpage for information regarding Dispute Resolution Policy (external link)

FM – Forest Management Certification

FSC Forest Management certification confirms that a specific area of forest is being managed in line with the FSC Principles & Criteria.

CoC – Chain of Custody Certification

CoC certification audits company systems for tracking and handling materials used in FSC®-certified forest products within the company's operations and ensures the credibility of FSC® claims.

FSC® CoC certification is available to most companies that process or sell forest products. Candidates include sawmills, secondary manufacturers, broker/distributors, wholesalers, printers and paper merchants.