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PEFC Standards Revision

PEFC is looking for your opinion on standard setting

Mar 27 2017

PEFC invites all interested parties to give their comments on our revised Standard Setting standard - PEFC ST 1001:201X.

This standard contains the rules that national standardizing bodies have to follow when they develop and revise their sustainable forest management standards. Core principles of the standard development are stakeholder engagement, balance representation of different interests, consensus building, continuous improvement and transparency.

The public consultation is now closed. All comments made during the consultation will be considered by the Working Group as they work to build consensus on the final draft of the standard.

Improving the standard

The revised document introduces many improvements in document structure and clarity. More importantly, it introduces critical improvements to the standard setting process itself, including:

  • Inclusion of the nine major stakeholder groups of Agenda 21 (UNCED)
  • Increased effort to get key stakeholders around the table
  • Additional rounds of public consultation

By far the biggest change is the further detailing of the periodic review…

Standards need to be reviewed five years after their approval. While this is not a new requirement, the standard now specifies the exact steps of such a review: recording feedback on the standard during its application, performing a gap analysis at the start of the review, and organizing stakeholder consultation. 

Also new is the option of reaffirming an existing standard. When the review shows that the standard meets all current (stakeholder) needs, a revision would not be required and the standard can be reaffirmed.

Public consultations

This public consultation is the first one in a series of upcoming consultation as the PEFC Standards Revision process moves into its next phase. Over the next months, enquiry draft versions for all the standards under revision will be ready for public consultations. Stay tuned!

This consultation is open from 27 March until 29 May 2017. Comments need to be submitted through our online consultation tool.

GET INVOLVED!

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.
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.