PEFC Launches Global Consultation on Revised Chain of Custody Standard; Addresses EUTR RequirementsDec 04 2012
Stakeholders worldwide are invited to provide comments and feedback on the revised PEFC Chain of Custody Standard, which, among other items, addresses requirements set forth by the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), by 2 February 2013.
A multi stakeholder working group under the auspices of PEFC has been revising the PEFC Chain of Custody Standard over the past year to align it with legislation and regulation such as the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) or Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill. Key changes include:
- Expanded the definition of controversial sources to include EUTR-specific requirements such as compliance with trade and customs legislation in addition to legislation relating to international, national, or local legislation concerning forest-related activities.
- Additional information requirements to all information needs of legislative and regulatory processes such as the EUTR or the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill
- Alignment of the PEFC Due Diligence System (DDS) to the EUTR concept of negligible risk
- Development of a formal claim to identify PEFC DDS-certified material. (PEFC DDS certification is an integral part of PEFC Chain of Custody certification but can also be applied separately).
- Enhanced scope of prohibited material to include conflict timber
The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which enters into force in March 2013, prohibits illegally harvested timber from being placed on the EU market. It sets out mandatory procedures for those trading in timber within the EU designed to minimise the risk of illegal timber being sold and applies to both imported and domestically produced timber and is therefore relevant for companies globally. The revised PEFC Chain of Custody Standard, now open for public consultation, addresses the EUTR requirements.
PEFC invites all interested parties to participate in a webinar explaining the Enquiry Draft of the Revised PEFC Chain of Custody Standard in detail on 19 December 2012. The webinar will take place on 19 December 2012 at 14:30 CET (Central European Time). The webinar is free, prior registration is required.