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PEFC Standards Revision

Standard Setting

What's the standard about?

This standard outlines the processes and steps a Standardizing Body must take during the national standard setting process.

The Standardising Body is responsible for managing the process of standards development. In many cases the standardising body and the National Governing Body (the PEFC National member and responsible for the governance and administration of the system) are the same.

Who's revising the standard?

Working Group 3 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 3 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.

What's the latest news?

The first WG 3 meeting took place from 14-15 April in Geneva, and focused on scoping the extent of the revision.

This resulted in the identification of two major areas that the revision should focus on:

  1. The inclusion of specific requirements for carrying out a five-year review of the standard.
  2. The alignment of the standard with external expectations concerning standard setting.

The first working draft of the standard was then developed and discussed at the second Working Group meeting on 19-20 October. The third meeting will be held in March/April 2017.

Tentative timeline

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

  • January – February 2016: Establishment of the Working Group
  • April 2016: First WG meeting
  • October 2016: Second WG meeting
  • January - February 2017: Public consultation
  • April 2017: Final WG meeting


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

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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Public Consultations
Provide input into the enquiry drafts when we launch the public consultations.

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.