What is the OCP?
The OCP is the new Online Claims Platform. It digitally connects certified FSC® suppliers and customers so that claims for FSC-certified products can be swiftly confirmed as accurate by both trading parties. As products move down the supply chain, their FSC certification can be assured. This system will enhance the integrity of the FSC brand.
Watch our short animation that introduces the OCP.
How it works
When FSC certified customers receive their FSC certified products from a supplier, they need to enter the FSC claim information from the invoice into the OCP. The supplier is notified when this has happened and can check that the details are correct before digitally confirming the claim. This way both parties can be confident that the claim of FSC certification is accurate.
All FSC certified companies will need to register for an OCP account. FSC customers can then enter the FSC claim in one of three ways: either manually, or through an OCP pre-formatted spreadsheet or by linking their IT system to the OCP so that the information is collected automatically.
Watch the short how-to video to learn how the OCP works
Tools and features
The OCP will strengthen the FSC certification process against inaccurate claims and offer suppliers and customers additional useful features:
- Automated overviews of FSC transaction details from volume summaries to the certification status of suppliers
- Ability to view country of harvest and species information which will help companies comply with trade obligations, such as the EU Timber Regulation and the US Lacey Act
- Full data-security protection
- First steps on the path to a paperless CoC system
This is only the very beginning for the OCP. Once you are logged on and using it, please tell us which features you would like to see more of and how it could work better so that together we can create a tool that is useful for everyone involved.
For more information please see our FAQ’s
A demo version of the OCP is now available for certificate holders willing to test the system. A set of instructions and the demo URL will be sent to you when you click at the “register and try” buttons.
From April 2014 you will be able to register to the Live version and use the OCP. You can choose whether to use a “demo” version or a “live” version of the platform to help administer CoC requirements. The “demo” version deletes the data periodically and no notifications are sent to external parties, giving companies the chance to get used to the system. While in the “live” version claims and connections are registered permanently.
Nobody is required to use the OCP at the moment. A decision on when to make the OCP mandatory, so that all Certificate Holder must use it, will be made by the FSC Board of Directors once sufficient feedback has been received through testing and voluntary usage. Before it does, certificate holders will all be notified directly and given a minimum of six months to register their accounts and connect to their business partners.
Make sure the platform works for you
FSC is open to all feedback on how the system is working so that improvements can be made during the course of its development. Please contact us with any views and ideas that you’d like to see incorporated.