Much of PEFC's spectrum of activities is based on technical documentation outlining principles, criteria, and procedures.
All of these documents have been developed in multi-stakeholder process, and we are tremendously grateful for the expertise and knowledge that external parties have contributed to this work.
PEFC's technical documentation aims:
- to define clear and unambiguous provisions
- to be uniform of structure, of style and terminology to ensure homogeneity
- to be consistent within the complete corpus of the PEFC Council documentation.
To this end, PEFC adopted a new documentation structure in 2008 to more clearly distinguish between:
- PEFC International Standards: Standards are documents, established by consensus and approved by a recognised body, that provide, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree or order in a given context. PEFC International Standards are adopted by the General Assembly.
- PEFC Guides: Guides are published by PEFC Council giving mandatory rules, orientation, advice, interpretation or recommendation relating to PEFC International Standards and/or other PEFC activities.
PEFC also makes available all endorsement-related documentation by national certification systems. This includes national standards as well as the complete assessment report.