The revised and improved license agreement for the FSC certification system will first be implemented with a pilot phase starting in early second quarter 2020 in Brazil, China, Germany, Russia and the United States, before being extended to other countries later this year. While the certificate confirms that the holder manages its operations in accordance with FSC standards, the TLA authorizes the certificate holder to use the logo protected by the FSC mark. The new brand rules will come into effect on March 1, 2010 and will come into effect gradually with the new FSC license agreement. Holders of existing certificates can choose when they wish to sign the agreement and move on to the new rules in the course of 2010. IMPORTANT: FSC logos and on-product labels are registered trademarks of FSC. Only persons who have signed FSC trademark license agreements with a valid license may use it. Any violation of use may be prescribed by FSC. TLA is issued by FSC to organizations that have FSC certificates or are applying for certification. While the certificate confirms that the holder manages its operations in accordance with FSC standards, the TLA authorizes the certificate holder to use the logo protected by the FSC mark. The TLA also provides contractual confirmation that the organization meets the FSC certification requirements. To ensure FSC`s credibility, it is important that trademarks are used correctly.
If you are interested in FSC certification of your products and the use of the brand, contact FSC International. FSC has made considerable efforts to tighten brand rules to allow for a smooth licensing process while ensuring maximum trademark protection. The rules have also been updated to take into account new situations that have arisen, as more types of products are certified and brands are becoming more prevalent. However, we are surprised that the new requirements were developed without the usual public consultation, which is one of the hallmarks of standard development in the FSC system. The brand standard concerns a large number of daily users and is also important from the point of view of the credibility of the system, so it seems logical to consult with stakeholders in order to achieve the most robust and user-friendly result. In all cases, the new mark standard shall be put to the test if certificate holders use it. . . .