PEFC certification body requirements under revision – give your feedback!

The public consultation for our Certification Body Requirements standard is now open. You have until 21 July 2019 to give your feedback.

PEFC certification body requirements under revision – give your feedback!

23 May 2019 PEFC system news

Stakeholders globally are invited to give feedback on the revised Certification Body Requirements standard. Give your comments, feedback and suggestions to help us ensure it meets your needs and expectations.

Give your feedback – deadline 21 July 2019.

To find out more about our ongoing standards revision process, including which standards are currently under revision and which ones have already been approved, visit our PEFC Standards Revision website.

Want to know more?

To provide you with more information about the proposed changes to certification body requirements, we will be running two webinars during the public consultation:

  • 6 June, 15.00 CEST
  • 4 July, 11.00 CEST

Sign up for one of the webinars now!

What has changed?

This document establishes the requirements for certification bodies carrying out PEFC chain of custody certification.

As we continue to make our standards more robust, this revision will require that auditors have specific experience on PEFC Chain of Custody audits and includes requirements for certification decision makers. 

The standard will also reflect our commitment towards gender responsive standards, ensuring that certification bodies consider gender equity within the personnel involved in the certification activities and the audit team. 

We also look to modernize the certification procedures, by considering the use of technology in remote auditing for client organizations without physical handling of finished and labelled products.

Find out more about the expected changes to our revised certification body requirements:

PEFC Certification Bodies Requirements – Introduction to changes 131.70 KB

Public consultations

Public consultations are a vital part of the development process of our international standards. They are when you get to read the draft standard, make your comments and give direct feedback. Every comment made will get an answer.

This public consultation comes towards the end of our current PEFC Standards Revision process. We have already revised and published several international standards, including Sustainable Forest Management and Group Certification. 

Public consultations are also running for our PEFC Chain of Custody and PEFC Trademarks standards. You can give your feedback on both these vital documents until 9 July.

Give your feedback

Consultation is open until 21 July 2019. Please submit your comments through our online consultation tool. Don't forget to sign up to one of our webinars to find out more about the proposed changes.

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