Certification Body Requirements – Chain of Custody (PEFC ST 2003:2012) Second Edition
This document defines the requirements for certification bodies carrying out PEFC chain of custody certification. It was developed by a joint working group of PEFC and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and became effective as of 16th July 2012.
The original version of this standard (PEFC ST 2003:2012) is based on ISO Guide 65, which was canceled and replaced by ISO 17065 on 15 September 2012, with a transition period of three years. In response, PEFC ST 2003:2012 Second Edition was published in 2014, taking advantage of the significant improvements of the new ISO 17065, especially in terms of impartiality to ensure that conflicts of interest do not exist.
While the original version of PEFC ST 2003:2012 followed the structure of ISO Guide 65, the new PEFC ST 2003:2012 Second Edition was changed to follow the structure of ISO 17065. As the changes are limited to this editorial restructuring of the document, no new wordings or additional requirements have been introduced in the second edition.
From 16 September 2015 only certification bodies operating against PEFC ST 2003:2012 Second Edition are eligible to carry out PEFC Chain of Custody certification.
For additional support, certification bodies and accreditation bodies can consult the PEFC Guide Questions and Answers to PEFC ST 2003:2012 Second Edition.