Endorsement and Mutual Recognition of National Systems and their Revision (PEFC GD 1007:2012)
This document describes the endorsement and mutual recognition process and refers to PEFC Standards and Guidelines. Procedures for the endorsement and mutual recognition of new, reviewed, revised and/or amended systems are described.
The endorsement of a system means that the members of the PEFC Council have determined that the system meets the requirements of the PEFC Council. The endorsement procedure ensures that each system votes on each other. Therefore the systems recognise each other under the PEFC Council mutual recognition umbrella.
Rules for endorsement of forest certification and chain of custody standards and systems guide the assessment and decision-making in the process. The rules harmonize the documentation of the system and applications, as well as the assessment processes, carried out by independent assessors and experts.
They also set the framework for the endorsement decision making process in the PEFC Council and thus provide fairness and equity for all applicants.