National members

Our national members are independent, national organizations that develop and run the national forest certification system in their country. 

PEFC Germany

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. 

German national system endorsement certificate 95.78 KB

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 requirementsYes
Chain of custody requirements (PEFC International)Yes
Certification body requirements for chain of custody (PEFC International)Yes
Full system documentationYes

Endorsement milestones

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
German national system endorsement milestones 137.58 KB

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

Watch the recording of the webinar to find out more about this national system.

System history

  • 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

PEFC Germany

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".


PEFC Germany
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The team

Dirk Teegelbekkers 
Secretary General

Catrin Fetz
Communication & PR Officer

Jan Mertens
Marketing Officer

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