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 50 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.


Press Release 28th of April 2021: Significant Changes to the PEFC Standard

Summary: Key Changes of the PEFC standard

Press Release 20th of April 2021: The new PEFC standard for Sustainable Forest management (SFM) near to complition 

PEFC FI 2014 standard series

PEFC Finland’s strategy

Contact information

PEFC Finland – Finnish Forest Certification Council
Elimäenkatu 17-19
tel: +358 400 765437
email: office(AT)pefc.fi

E-invoicing address: 003716059509
Service provider: Maventa
Service provider: ID 003721291126


Auvo Kaivola, General Secretary
tel: +358 400 76 5437
email: auvo.kaivola(at)pefc.fi


Jenni Kylmäaho, Project Coordinator
tel: +358 40 518 3970
email: jenni.kylmaaho(at)pefc.fi


Jenni Piela, Marketing Manager
tel: +358 40 838 0644
email: jenni.piela(at)pefc.fi


Emmi Hämäläinen, Marketing & Communication Planner
tel: +358 45 670 5321
email: emmi.hamalainen(at)pefc.fi

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