Last chance for feedback on ST 1004: certification body requirements for sustainable forest management

The deadline for comments is 5 September.

Last chance for feedback on ST 1004: certification body requirements for sustainable forest management

30 August 2023 PEFC system news

The deadline to give your feedback on the second draft of ST 1004, requirements for certification bodies operating sustainable forest management certification, is just a few days away. Give your comments by 5 September.

This is the second public consultation for this vital benchmark standard, with the first consultation concluding earlier this year. The working group developing the document discussed the feedback received during the first consultation and revised the draft standard accordingly. 

Now we need to hear from you again. Give your comments, feedback, and suggestions, to help us ensure this standard meets your needs and expectations. 

To submit your comments, please fill in this form – you will immediately receive a link to the document and instructions on how to give your feedback.

The deadline for comments is 5 September 2023.

Need more information?

We held a special information webinar on 23 and 30 August to introduce the draft ST 1004. Importantly, we explained what has been changed and developed since the first consultation earlier this year – changes that have been made thanks to the extensive feedback we received during that first consultation.

Watch the recording:

The standard

ST 1004 sets the requirements for certification bodies carrying out PEFC forest management certification. With this new standard, we are harmonizing the requirements for certification bodies, ensuring consistency in the implementation of PEFC sustainable forest management certification worldwide. 

It is the first of its kind: a hybrid between a Benchmark and International standard. It includes benchmark requirements to be further developed at national level by national members, and requirements that certification bodies shall implement directly. Doing so, we ensure consistency and harmonisation in implementation, while at the same time enabling adaptation to local conditions. 

Give your feedback

The consultation is open until 5 September 2023. Please fill in this form to receive the link to the document. 

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