PEFC: A Global Standard

PEFC is not a forest certification program; rather it offers a global standard by endorsing national and/or regional standards.

To be endorsed, each certification program addresses hundreds of requirements and demonstrates conformance about its certification and its accreditation. There is an independent assessment and a 60-day public comment period before recommendations are made to the PEFC board and its members. Forests certified to standards endorsed by PEFC are inspected annually by independent auditors.

PEFC only endorses forest certification schemes developed in an open and transparent manner through a multi- stakeholder process, and standards must be reviewed at least every five years to incorporate the latest information and scientific knowledge.

The end result is that you can be sure independent forest certification programs endorsed by PEFC are compatible and safeguard consistently high standards for sustainable forest management.


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