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Certification bodies invited to participate in PEFC revisions

Stakeholders are invited to give feedback on the revised Certification Body Requirements standard to ensure it meets the needs and expectations of the industry. Two webinars will be used to provide information for the feedback, one has already occurred in early June but the second is on 4 July at 7pm AEST. The deadline for feedback is 21 July 2019. Source: Timberbiz

Public consultations are a vital part of the development process of these international standards as you are able to read the draft standard, make comments and give direct feedback. Every comment made will be answered.

This public consultation comes towards the end of the current PEFC Standards Revision process.

This document establishes the requirements for certification bodies carrying out PEFC chain of custody certification. As standards are made more robust, this revision will require that auditors to have specific experience on PEFC Chain of Custody audits and includes requirements for certification decision makers.

The standard will also reflect commitment towards gender responsive standards, ensuring that certification bodies consider gender equity within the personnel involved in the certification activities and the audit team. Modernising the certification procedures is another part, by considering the use of technology in remote auditing for client organizations without physical handling of finished and labelled products.

To find out about the expected changes to the revised certification body requirements: PEFC Certification Bodies Requirements – Introduction to changes 101.77 KB go to

Consultation is open until 21 July 2019 and comments are through the online consultation tool

Sign up to one the webinars at

If you have any queries contact [email protected]

Public consultations are also running for the PEFC Chain of Custody and PEFC Trademarks standards and feedback is at until 9 July.