Late Stage Consultation - Chain of Custody Codes (Sept - Oct 2013)

Start date: 11 September 2013
End date: 26 October 2013


The purpose of this consultation is to gain stakeholder feedback on the recommended shift from certifier-generated CoC codes to MSC-generated CoC codes. If implemented, the proposal should eliminate confusion in the supply chain regarding the validity of certification and encourage companies to change certifiers more freely as desired.

Consultation Documentation

You can find the consultation document available here.

How to comment?

The public consultation for this program improvement has now closed. Learn more about the final decision made on this topic.

Consultation Questions

  1. Do you support the MSC adopting MSC-generated CoC codes?
  2. What effects, positive or negative, do you foresee from moving to MSC-generated CoC codes?
  3. Is five years a sufficient timeframe for companies to update packaging and other ecolabelled materials with the new CoC code?

Potential interactions with other FSR/SCR workstreams

None anticipated.

Next Steps

Following on from the late stage consultation and based on the stakeholder input new requirements and guidance will be drafted. This will be submitted to theĀ MSC Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for final approval and subsequent publication in 2014.

Please also visit theĀ get involved page to find out all opportunities to participate in the development process for this program improvement.

Further Information

Leonor Fishman (

Consultation documents

The following supporting documents are available for this consultation.