The OCP is FSC’s new Online Claims Platform for all FSC Certificate Holders.

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.

FSC foresees that the use of the OCP could significantly reduce the administrative burden of being FSC certified. Thus, we are identifying the possible ways larger parts of the CoC standard can be automatically met for certified organizations that fully integrate the OCP.  These changes would lead to saving time on administration and auditing processes, while building a more robust FSC system. This work will be completed early in the third quarter of 2014 and stakeholder input and suggestions are welcomed.

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.

FSC customers can 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

Timeline

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 the “register and try” buttons.

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 and FSC is exploring different options for introducing the OCP including voluntary use.  A decision on mandatory or voluntary OCP usage will be made by the FSC Board of Directors once sufficient feedback has been received from testing. Certificate holders will be notified directly and given a minimum of six months for any requirements, such as registering their accounts and connecting 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.