PEFC further develops the endorsement process

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) announced further development of its endorsement process.

According to the announcement, since the organisation’s last update, Working Group 6 (WG6), the body responsible for the revision of this standard, has met two times – most recently just last month. The main changes are proposed in the following areas:

  • Improving the stakeholder engagement during the international consultation
  • Aligning the endorsement process with the national standard setting process
  • Streamlining the assessment of already endorsed systems

The Working Group has not yet finalized the Enquiry Draft. Once the Enquiry Draft is ready it will be published for public consultation – this is expected for the end of March 2017.

WG 6 is one of six Working Groups currently embarked on the revision of several of PEFC International Standards. WG 1: Sustainable Forest Management Standard, WG 2: Forest Management Certification Procedures and Group Certification, WG 3: Standard Setting Procedures and WG 4: Chain of Custody and Labelling are all well into the revision process. The call for nominations for WG 5: Chain of Custody Certification Procedures is closed and we are evaluating all available nominations.

These WGs will all meet 2-5 times to build consensus on the creation of an enquiry draft standard. The draft will then go through public consultation before approval and publication.

Earlier Double A joined PEFC as an International Stakeholder.

Source: PEFC / Woodbizforum