How to participate in PEFC's Standards Revision

There are several ways for stakeholders to get involved and help us to make the best even better.

How to participate in PEFC's Standards Revision

17 February 2016 PEFC system news

As we begin our standard revision process 2016-2017, there are several different ways for stakeholders to get involved. Please take a look at the range of options below, and help us to make the best even better!

Working Groups

The Working Groups (WGs) are the most powerful institution in the revision process. Following the principle of balanced interest and consensus, the members of the WGs take over responsibility for the core part of the revision work.

There is currently a call for nominations for two Working Groups - WG 4: Chain of Custody and Labelling and WG 5: Chain of Custody Certification Procedures.

Expert Forum

The deliberations of the Working Groups will be informed by two online Expert Forums for Sustainable Forest Management and for Chain of Custody. People with expertise in these two areas can apply for membership. PEFC will provide recent working results from the WGs to the forum for further discussion. It is expected that members actively participate in online discussions.

You can register for the Export Forum on Sustainable Forest Management - find out more and register!

Stakeholder Conference

In spring 2017, we will organize 2-3 Stakeholder Conferences in different geographic regions. These conferences will enable all interested people to discuss the revision work face-to-face and provide input.

Public Consultation

Global Public Consultations will allow stakeholders anywhere in the world to provide input into the Enquiry Drafts of the standard, for a minimum period of 60 days. The comments will be considered by the WG as input for the development of the Final Draft Version. Each stakeholder participating in the consultation will get an answer to their comment.

Revision Newsletter

We have created a new Standards Revision Newsletter with specific information about the revision process. You can register for the newsletter on our website.

PEFC standards revision

We review our standards every five years to ensure that they incorporate latest knowledge, best practices, and evolving stakeholder expectations. This process is of fundamental importance as these documents define not only the environmental, social and economic requirements for sustainable forest management, but also how implementation in the forest is certified. Get involved and contribute your knowledge!


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