China Forest Certification Council (CFCC)
The China Forest Certification Scheme was endorsed in 2014. The system maintained its endorsement in October 2022.
2019 system elements
|Sustainable forest management standard||Yes|
|Sustainable forest management standard (plantation)||No|
|Sustainable forest management standard (trees outside forests)||No|
|Group certification requirements||Yes|
|Chain of custody requirements||Yes|
|Certification body requirements for chain of custody (PEFC International)||Yes|
|Full system documentation||Yes|
To maintain its PEFC endorsement, the system must meet specific endorsement milestones. The first milestone is the start of the periodic review within five years of the national approval of the sustainable forest management standard.
- National approval date: 27 July 2019
- Review date: 27 July 2024
2019-22 system assessment
- Status: Assessment finished, system endorsed
- Assessment Report
- Type: Assessment of revised system, endorsement of Trees outside Forests standard
- Assessor: Indufor Oy
- System submitted for assessment: 6 December 2019
- Consultation: 1 March - 30 April 2021
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- Re-endorsement: 5 October 2022
- Endorsed: 5 February 2014
- Joined PEFC: 30 June 2011
History before PEFC
China started studying and exploring forest certification at the end of the 1990s. We started building the national forest certification system in 2001 and the resulting China Forest Certification Scheme (CFCS) was launched in 2010.
With efforts over more than ten years, important breakthroughs and progress have been made for forest certification in China, and the national forest certification scheme has been established, which is suitable to the national condition and forest situation in China and in line with international practice.
What are the benefits of being part of the PEFC alliance?
In February 2014, CFCS achieved endorsement by PEFC. Forest products with Chinese forest certificates were accepted in more than 40 countries, and the logo of China forest certification became the “green passport” for certified products in entering the international market.