The German Forest Certification System was first endorsed in 2000 and has been re-endorsed a further three times. The system maintained its endorsement in September 2022.
2020 system elements
|Sustainable forest management standard|
Regional forest management certification
|Sustainable forest management standard (plantation)||No|
|Sustainable forest management standard (trees outside forests)||No|
|Group certification requirements||Yes|
|Chain of custody requirements (PEFC International)||Yes|
|Certification body requirements for chain of custody (PEFC International)||Yes|
|Full system documentation||Yes|
To maintain its PEFC endorsement, the system must meet specific endorsement milestones. The first milestone is the start of the periodic review within five years of the national approval of the sustainable forest management standard.
- National approval date: 24 November 2020
- Review date: 24 November 2025
2021-22 system assessment
- Status: Assessment finished, system endorsed
- Assessment Report
- Type: Revised system
- Assessor: Form international
- System submitted for assessment: 31 March 2021
- Consultation: 19 April - 18 June 2021
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- Endorsement maintained: 16 September 2022
- Re-endorsed: 3 June 2016
- Re-endorsed: 5 November 2010
- Re-endorsed: 6 December 2005
- Endorsed: 27 July 2000
- Joined PEFC: 30 June 1999
History before PEFC
PEFC Germany was founded in 1999 as a registered association. The aim of PEFC Germany is to improve forest management within Germany and act as a marketing tool for wooden products. PEFC Germany is one of the founding members of the PEFC Council International.
What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?
Being part of the global PEFC alliance, we are able to implement our common vision "A world in which forests are managed sustainably".