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PEFC Standards Revision

We explain the changes to our standard setting requirements

May 15 2017

Do you want to give your feedback as we revise our standard setting process? But feel like you need more information on how our standard is changing? Then make sure you listen to the recording of our recent webinar!

Held on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May, these webinars introduced and explained the main changes to PEFC ST 1001 – the standard governing our standard setting requirements. There was also an open question and answer session.

PEFC ST 1001 – Standard Setting

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.

How is it changing?

Alongside improvements in document structure and clarity, and several critical improvements to the standard setting process itself, 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.

Get involved!

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.


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