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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?

WG 2 met for a fourth time in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 September 2017 to discuss the comments submitted by the WG member on the third Working Draft of the revised requirements for group forest management certification and the Working Draft of the revised requirements for certification bodies conducting forest management certification.

Specifically the WG focused on:

  • Sampling methodology for internal and external audits
  • Improvement of the quality management system
  • Adopting ISO High Level Structure for Management System Standards
  • Auditor qualifications, experience and training

The WG will meet for a fifth time in February/March 2018.

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
  • September 2017: Fourth WG meeting
  • February/March 2018: Fifth 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.

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

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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.