Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products

Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products

This standard lays out the requirements for Chain of Custody certification for forest-based products – the conditions a company must meet to achieve PEFC certification. In addition, this standard includes minimum requirements on health, safety and labour issues.

PEFC Chain of Custody establishes the link from the forest to the market, tracking forest-based products from sustainable sources to the final product.

What is the latest news?

The working group achieved consensus on the enquiry draft in March 2019. The global public consultation on this draft then ran from 10 May to 9 July 2019. This consultation gave stakeholders around the world the chance to give their comments, feedback and suggestions, to help us ensure this standard meets their needs and expectations.

Many of the proposed changes will make PEFC Chain of Custody certification more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly, while retaining the robustness of the system. For example, an option to use remote internal auditing in multi-site certification would reduce travel-related costs and greenhouse gas emissions for on-site auditing.

One of the biggest opportunities is the expansion of the PEFC Due Diligence System (DDS) to cover ‘core sustainability issues’. This would further raise the bar for the small amount of uncertified material that can be mixed with certified material, especially in countries with weak legislation and/or law enforcement.

Find out more about the expected changes to our revised Chain of Custody standard:

PEFC Chain of Custody ST – Introduction to changes 317.69 KB

Want to know more?

To provide you with more information about the proposed changes to both standards, we held a series of webinars during the public consultations. You can listen to the recording of the first webinar and see the answers to the questions asked during the first two webinars:

Questions and Answers: revised PEFC Chain of Custody and PEFC Trademarks standard 146.39 KB

Who is revising the standard?

Working Group 4 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 4 will build consensus on the revised standard, relying on the involvement of active and committed individuals from different interest groups.

To ensure that no single concerned interest can dominate the process, the WG has balanced representation of interested stakeholders, including geographical representation, and a consensus-driven decision making process.

In addition to revising our PEFC Chain of Custody standard, WG 4 is also responsible for revising the PEFC Logo Usage Rules (now called PEFC Trademarks standard).

The timeline

  • April 2016: Public consultation
  • July 2016: First WG meeting
  • January 2016: WG meeting
  • April 2016: WG meeting
  • August 2017: WG meeting
  • January 2018: WG meeting
  • July 2018: Conference call
  • September 2018: WG meeting
  • March 2019: WG meeting
  • May – July 2019: Public consultation
  • September 2019: WG meeting

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