Meet EUTR Requirements through PEFC Chain of Custody CertificationApr 05 2013
PEFC Chain of Custody certification offers an efficient mechanism for companies to demonstrate alignment with EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) requirements. While the 2013 PEFC Chain of Custody standard (to become available in May 2013) will fully aligned with EUTR requirements, Meet EUTR Requirements through PEFC Chain of Custody Certification outlines how companies certified to the 2010 PEFC Chain of Custody standard can already meet EUTR requirements through small but smart changes.
Illegal logging has severe economic, environmental and social impacts: it is associated with deforestation and climate change, it can undermine the efforts and livelihoods of legitimate operators, and it can also contribute to conflicts over land and resources.
The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) prohibits the placing of illegally harvested timber on the European market in an effort to tackle the problem of illegal logging across the world. It sets out requirements that companies within the European Union (EU) must meet to minimize the risk of illegal timber being traded. More specifically, the Regulation requires companies placing timber or timber products on the European market (both imported and domestic) to implement a Due Diligence System (DDS).
The Regulation also affects companies outside the EU as their products may be imported into the EU further down the supply chain.
PEFC-certified companies have always been required to exclude so-called controversial sources from certified material and are therefore well-prepared to comply with the additional requirements imposed by the EUTR.
For PEFC-certified companies, compliance with EUTR is straightforward: the 2013 PEFC Chain of Custody standard with its integral PEFC Due Diligence System (PEFC DDS) will be fully aligned with the Regulation. As all PEFC-certified companies are required to implement the 2013 Standard after its approval in May 2013, PEFC Chain of Custody certification represents an efficient tool to demonstrate compliance with EUTR requirements along the entire supply chain.
Companies that do not wish to wait for the 2013 Standard to come into force can adapt their current PEFC DDS to meet EUTR, by following the steps outlined in the document.
PEFC Chain of Custody certification is 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.