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