National members

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


History before PEFC

  • 2002: Proposal of a forest certification scheme suitable for forests in Japan by the Committee for the Establishment of SGEC Forest Certification.
  • 2003: The "SGEC Forest Certification Scheme" was established.
  • 2011: Reform of SGEC including i) Registration as a corporate body, ii) Revision of standards, iii) Adoption of third party certification was implemented.
  • 2014: SGEC became a member of PEFC.
  • 2016: SGEC was endorsed by PEFC.

What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance? 

  • Reliability of the consumers to SGEC will increase by participating in the PEFC member countries.
  • Broader expansion of the CoC certification network by connecting SGEC’s and PEFC’s CoC
  • The PEFC label is beneficial to the exporters of domestic timber with the label of PEFC.
  • Integration of experience and information between SGEC and PEFC will be valuable.

Japanese system information

Japanese sustainable forest management standard 534.14 KB
Japanese assessment report 1.72 MB
Japanese full system documentation 2.47 MB

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: 25 March 2015
  • Review date: 25 March 2020

System history

  • Webinar: 9:00 CEST, 31 May 2021 - watch the webinar recording
  • Public consultation: 17 May - 16 July 2021 - give your feedback 
  • Latest system submitted for assessment: 30 April 2021
  • Endorsed: 3 June 2016
  • Joined PEFC: 29 July 2014


2-4-3 Nagata-cho
100-0014 Chiyoda-ku

Tel.: +81-3-6273-3358

The Team

Mr. Tatsuya Kajiya
National Secretary / Executive Director

Mr. Motoji Takeda
Chief, General Affairs Division

Mr. Seiichi Mishima
Chief, Planning & Coordination Division

Mr. Hiroyuki Kanazawa
Certification Manager

Ms. Makiko Hawa
Manager, International Relations

Mr. Shigeru Takahara
Senior Officer

Mr. Haruyoshi Takeuchi
Senior Officer

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