Public Consultation: Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme
1 September 2020 PEFC system news
Stakeholders from around the world are invited to give feedback on the revised Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme. Deadline for comments is 17 October 2020. Give your feedback now!
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC), the PEFC national member for Malaysia, revised the country’s national forest certification system following the entry into force of the revised 2018 PEFC Sustainable Forest Management standard.
After revising the national system in line with PEFC requirements, MTCC submitted the revised system to PEFC for endorsement. The national system is now undergoing the PEFC assessment process, carried out by an independent PEFC Registered Assessor. It must pass this process and be approved by the PEFC General Assembly before it can achieve endorsement.
An important aspect of the assessment process is the public consultation. Over the sixty-day consultation, stakeholders from around the world can give their comments and provide feedback on any aspect of the system. The Registered Assessor will use the information received from this consultation in their assessment of the system.
Need more information?
In order to provide you with additional information, we organized a webinar to introduce the changes to this revised system. The webinar took place 8 September. Listen to the recording of the webinar.
PEFC in Malaysia
MTCC joined the PEFC alliance in 2002, becoming the first national member from Asia. The Malaysian national forest certification system achieved PEFC endorsement in 2009. Along with Gabon, it was the first national system in a tropical country to be endorsed. The national system was re-endorsed in 2014. There are now 4.6 million hectares of PEFC-certified forest area in the country – the most of any country in Asia.
For a national system to maintain its endorsement, it must meet a series of endorsement milestones. These milestones are linked to the national periodic review of the system and the sustainable forest management standard.
National systems go through a periodic review five years after their national approval (first endorsement milestone). The periodic review includes a gap analysis, public consultation and consideration of feedback received while the standard is in force.
National approval of the Malaysian forest certification standard: 5 March 2020