An internal audit and expert advice are usually used as preparation for an annual audit. A consultant, mostly an experienced FSC auditor, will assess the level of the forest company compared to the principles, criteria and indicators defined in the applicable FSC standard. This can be a regional or a national standard, see applicable FSC standards. An internal audit consists of a field- and document check in order to assess the gaps between the current situation and the certification requirements. At the same time, the consultant provides advice to the forest company how to resolve the issues that are identified. Also, capacity building will take place as the forest company gets more insight in how to perform an internal audit.
The maximum eligible costs for 25% co-funding of an internal audit and expert advice are circa €10,000,- per concession. This means the contribution by the CBP will be €2,500,-.