The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) through independent third-party certification. The PEFC Chain of Custody offers an efficient mechanism for companies to demonstrate alignment with EU Timber Regulation requirements.
PEFC is an umbrella certification scheme, which works through national forest certification systems, enabling countries to tailor their sustainable forest management requirements to their specific contexts. PEFC use endorsement process to ensure that national forest certification systems meet PEFC requirements.
PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to promote good practice in the forest and to ensure that timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards. Thanks to the eco-label, customers and consumers are able to identify products from sustainably managed forests.
A 2019 NEPCon evaluation study on PEFC in relation to EUTR identified that the most important gaps in the PEFC and PEFC-endorsed systems are found within requirements for legality (particularly for legislation related to trade and transport, as well as legal right to harvest, taxes and fees, and third parties’ rights) and the ability of the chain of custody system to mitigate risks of contamination of the material stream with un-certified material. Based on this study, buyers of PEFC material are advised to pay attention to: