PEFC’s Chain of Custody certification is a mechanism for tracking certified material from the forest to the final product to ensure that the wood, wood fibre or non-wood forest produce contained in the product or product line can be traced back to certified forests.
PEFC requires certification bodies, auditors and the process of certification and accreditation to comply with all the respective ISO standards and guides.
The updated 2013 PEFC Chain of Custody standard with its integral PEFC Due Diligence System is fully aligned with the EUTR and all PEFC certified companies are now required to implement this standard.
This also forms a viable option for currently uncertified companies, independent of whether they are already subject to the Regulation or wishing to prepare for future business opportunities with EU based customers.
However, certification is not proof of legality. PEFC certified companies remain solely responsible for compliance with the EUTR.
The updated PEFC standard provides: