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PEFC Standards Revision

Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products

What's the standard about?

This standard lays out the international requirements for Chain of Custody certification for forest based products. It is these requirements that must be reflected in the national forest management standards submitted for PEFC endorsement. 

PEFC Chain of Custody establishes the link from the forest to the market, tracking forest-based products from sustainable sources to the final product.

In addition, this standard includes minimum requirements on health, safety and labour issues.

Who's revising the standard?

Working Group 4 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 4 will build consensus on the revised standard, relying on the involvement of active and committed individuals from different interest groups.

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To ensure that no single concerned interest can dominate the process, the WG has balanced representation of interested stakeholders, including geographical representation, and a consensus-driven decision making process.

In addition to revising the standard for Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products, WG 4 is also responsible for revising the PEFC Logo Usage Rules.

What's the latest news?

A 30 day public consultation was held in June 2016 to identify the areas where PEFC Chain of Custody could be improved in terms of usability and outcome, and where we need to adapt the standard to better meet today’s stakeholder expectations and market realities.

Following the consultation, the first WG 4 meeting took place on 13-14 July in Geneva, Switzerland.

On the basis of discussions during the meeting and the feedback gained from the public consultation, the first working draft of the standard was completed in early 2017. This draft was then discussed by the WG at second meeting on 25-26 January 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The next meetings will take place in early April and late May. These will focus on discussing the second working draft of the standard.

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Adapting PEFC Chain of Custody certification to future needs
September 01 2016
With over 18,000 PEFC Chain of Custody certified companies worldwide, we must ensure that our Chain of Custody standard is the best it can be...
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Register now for the PEFC Chain of Custody Expert Forum!
June 27 2016
If you have experience in Chain of Custody certification and implementation, and are ready and eager to get involved in the process, then we need you in our Expert Forum...
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The timeline

Here you can find the timeline for the revision of this standard. The next stage is in bold:

  • June 2016: Public consultation
  • July 2016: First WG meeting
  • January 2016: Second WG meeting
  • April - May 2017: Further WG meetings
  • March - April 2017: Public consultation
  • June 2017: Final WG meeting


There are several ways to get involved in the Standards Revision process:

Public Consultations
Provide input into the enquiry drafts when we launch the public consultations.
Standard Setting

Expert Forum
The deliberations of the Working Groups will be informed by two online Expert Forums for SFM and for CoC.
Join the SFM Forum
Join the CoC Forum

Revision Newsletter
Sign up to stay up-to-date!

Working Groups
The most powerful institution in the process: members are responsible for the core of the revision work.

Stakeholder Conference
Join us in Spring 2017 to discuss the revision work face-to-face and provide your input.