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Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes

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The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. It works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for ecological, social and ethical standards.

PEFC is an umbrella organization. It works by endorsing national forest certification schemes developed through multi-stakeholder processes and tailored to local priorities and conditions. Each national forest certification scheme undergoes rigorous third-party assessment against PEFC’s unique Sustainability Benchmark.

Today, PEFC includes over 35 national certification schemes among its membership. Together these account for over 220 million hectares of certified forests.

Learn more: Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes's standard is verified by an independent organization (third party) following ISO 17011 Accreditation, ISO 17021 Management system certification, ISO 19011 QMS and EMS auditing (and auditor qualifications), ISO / IEC Guide 65 Product Certification, ISO Guide 59; ATO, ITTO/IUCN, ITTO and MCPFE

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Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

Member of

ISO, Other

Type

Non-profit

Also manages

None.

Member of: IUCN, ECOSOC, UNFCCC, International Accreditation Forum


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Ecolabel details | What are the characteristics of the standard(s) related to this ecolabel?

  • Applicable life cycle and supply chain phases
  • Social and environmental attributes
  • Mutual recognition with other ecolabels
  • Standard details, including standard document, review frequency

Ecolabel development | How were the standards for this ecolabel developed?

  • Standard development and management process
  • Standard-setting norms followed for development of the ecolabel's standard
  • Type of standard-setting process, external stakeholders, and funding sources

Conformity Assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

  • Requirements to achieve certification (i.e. chain of custody, site visits, metrics)
  • Audit / surveillance requirements
  • Duration of certification, time to achieve certification

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

  • Contact details, primary contact
  • Organizational details including year established, funding, and governance

Additional information | Including:

  • Compliance type (pass / fail / tiered)
  • Target audience (consumers / retailers / manufacturers / etc)

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Key data

Year ecolabel est. 1999

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Building products Buildings Forest products / Paper Furniture Packaging

Other categories: PEFC forest certification adds value to any entity within the timber supply chain. As all entities procure timber products (e.g. paper), It is relevant to all entities.


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Last updated: 20 January 2012