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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?

WG 4 met for a fifth time, in Geneva, Switzerland on 24-25 January 2018 to discuss the fourth Working Draft of the revised requirements for Chain of Custody and Trademark usage.

WG4 April 2017 meeting

The WG discussed the following items:

  • Revised terms and definitions
  • Simplification of Chain of Custody methods
  • Revised label claims
  • Recognition of recycled material in the Due Diligence System

The WG will have a conference call in July 2018, followed by an in person meeting in September 2018.

Get involved!

It’s not too late to take part in our standards revision process. 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 for PEFC Chain of Custody!

The CoC Expert Forum is the chance for you to comment and discuss the specific issues around the PEFC Chain of Custody Standard and its revision.

Find out more!

The timeline

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

  • April 2016: Public consultation
  • July 2016: First WG meeting
  • January 2016: Second WG meeting
  • April 2016: Third WG meeting
  • August 2017: Fourth WG meeting
  • January 2018: Fifth WG meeting
  • July 2018: Conference call
  • September 2018: Sixth WG meeting


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

Public Consultations
Provide input into the enquiry drafts through our public consultations.

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

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