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PEFC Standards Revision

Group Forest Management Certification

What's the standard about?

This standard defines the general requirements for forest certification systems with group forest management certification that allows the certification of a number of forest owners/managers under one certificate.

Group Certification is a mechanism through which groups of small forest landholders can organize themselves, pool their resources, and work together to achieve certification. This makes certification accessible for small-forest owners.

Who's revising the standard?

Working Group 2 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 2 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 Group Certification Standard, WG 2 is also responsible for revising the requirements for certification bodies conducting PEFC Forest Management certification audits.

What's the latest news?

The Second WG 2 meeting took place from 10-11 October in Geneva, Switzerland, where the WG continued to focus on how the standard can be developed to further improve smallholder access to certification. The next WG 2 meeting is planned for March 2017.

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Striving to improve smallholder access to certification
May 27 2016
At the heart of PEFC is our ambition to enable smallholders to access forest certification, independent of region and socioeconomic condition. But there is more that can be done...
Find out more!

The timeline

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

  • January – February 2016: Establishment of the Working Group
  • May 2016: First WG meeting
  • October 2016: Second WG meeting
  • March 2017: Third WG meeting
  • May 2017: Fourth WG meeting
  • May – June 2017: Public consultation
  • July 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
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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 in Spring 2017 to discuss the revision work face-to-face and provide your input.