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Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

PEFC ProgramThe role of PEFC is to provide a framework for the development of mutual recognition for national or sub-national forest certification schemes that have been developed locally according to internationally recognized requirements for sustainable forest management systems. PEFC seeks to achieve this by providing assurance to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests. PEFC seeks to contribute to the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests for present and future generations. PEFC has endorsed the SFI 2015-2019, CAN/CSA Z809 and CERTFOR forest management standards.

PEFC ST 2002:2013 - Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products - Requirements


The PEFC claims made on forest based products provide information relating to the origin of those forest based products from sustainably managed forest and recycled sources and other controlled sources. PEFC certification also covers health, safety and labour related requirements. “PEFC Controlled Sources” address the risk of using products from controversial sources, including legality aspects. Purchasers and potential purchasers can use this information in choosing the product based on sustainability, as well as other considerations. The aim of communicating the raw material’s origin is to encourage demand for and supply of those products originating in sustainably managed forests and thereby stimulating the potential for market-driven continuous improvement of management of the world’s forest resource. The overall goal of the PEFC chain of custody is to provide customers of forest based products with accurate and verifiable information on the content of material originating in PEFC certified, sustainably managed forests, recycled material and controlled sources.

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Chain of Custody Certification - Choosing the right path.Compare the three main Chain of Custody (CoC) Forestry standards: Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC.)