What is PEFC forest certification?
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an international forest certification system promoting ecologically, socially and economically sustainable forestry throughout the world. Approximately ten percent of the world’s forests are certified and of these two thirds – about 300 million hectares – to PEFC standards. PEFC-certified forests are found in over 40 countries.
Forest management requirements for PEFC certification
To meet PEFC certification requirements forest management must satisfy certain standards with regard to biodiversity, forest health and maintenance as well as recreational use. In addition, there are requirements for following the passage of raw materials and wood-based products throughout the whole supply chain. These guarantee that raw materials are from certified forests.
Approval for certification requires audit by an independent and qualified certifier to ensure that forest management, wood raw material sources and follow-up meet PEFC standards. Independent in this case means that the auditing body is independent of the production process, of the certification system and its supporters. That the requirements for certification are being met is the role of the certification body, which has been officially declared independent and competent.
PEFC-certified products, their packaging and documentation can be recognized through the PEFC logo. A company can obtain a Logo Usage License when the company’s activities have been certified.
Information on the PEFC forest certificates issued in Finland and their coverage can be found here.
PEFC FI 2014 standard series
- Introduction to PEFC Standards Revision in 2013–2014
- PEFC FI 1000:2014 – PEFC Forest Certification Vocabulary
- PEFC FI 1001:2014_v3 – Implementation of PEFC Forest Certification System
PEFC FI 1001:2014 – Implementation of PEFC Forest Certification System (—> see version v3 above)
- PEFC FI 1002:2014 – Criteria for PEFC Forest Certification
- PEFC FI 1005:2014_v2 – PEFC Qualification Criteria for Certification Bodies and Certification Procedures
PEFC FI 1005:2014 – PEFC Qualification Criteria for Certification Bodies
and Certification Procedures (—> see version v2 above)
- PEFC FI 1006:2014_v2 – Standard Setting Process for PEFC Forest Certification
PEFC FI 1006:2014 – Standard Setting Process for PEFC Forest Certification (—> see version v2 above)
PEFC Finland – Finnish Forest Certification Council
Sitratie 7, 00420 HELSINKI
tel: +358 400 765437
E-invoicing address: 003716059509
Service provider: Maventa
Service provider: ID 003721291126
Auvo Kaivola, General Secretary
tel: +358 400 76 5437
Juha Uppa, marketing manager
tel: +358 45 118 9585
Emmi Kauhanen, communications officer
tel: +358 40 551 5228