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Logo Use

eggsThe PEFC logo and labels are globally trusted registered trademarks which assist businesses, consumers, forest owners and managers, and other stakeholders to identify and promote merchandise and goods from sustainably-managed forests.

They indicate that wood, non-wood or wood-based products originate from PEFC-certified timber.

PEFC must protect its trademark and ensure that its eco-labels are used accurately and verifiably, and that any claims associated with it are relevant and not misleading.

Correct usage of the logo on products and associated documentation and in any communication is essential for protecting PEFC’s credibility.

Obligatory Approval

All entities, both certificate holders and non-certificate holders, are required to obtain a Logo Usage License from the PEFC Council or an authorized licensing agent (e.g. national PEFC members or PEFC promotion initiatives) before using the PEFC logo and label.

Logo User Groups

The PEFC logo license is available to four different logo user groups:

  • CoC Certified Companies (PEFC Logo User Group C)
    These are entities along the value chain of forest-based products that have obtained PEFC Chain of Custody certification.
  • SFM Certified Forest Owners/Managers (PEFC Logo User Group B)
    These are entities owning/managing forests that have obtained PEFC-recognized certification for sustainable forest management.
  • Non-Certified Entities (PEFC Logo User Group D)
    These are entities selling certified products without the requirement to obtain PEFC certification and others that strive to promote and educate about PEFC certification.
  • Authorized Licensing Agents (PEFC Logo User Group A)
    These are entities authorized to issue PEFC logo licenses on behalf of the PEFC Council.
  • One-Time Users
    Simplified licensing requirements are available for entities using the logo on a one-time basis for illustrative or educational purposes (off-product only).

Logo Use Options

Two logo use options exist:

  • The use of the logo physically on a certified product and on stationary, brochures or other documentation linked to the product ("on-product"); and
  • the use of the logo not linked to a product, for instance for promotional or educational purposes ("off-product").

Important notice: On-product use of the logo is only available to certified entities. Any use of the PEFC logo and label that refers to – or can be perceived as referring to – a specific PEFC-certified product and/or the origin of the raw material used in its production is considered “on-product” use.

Standard Labels

PEFC offers two on-product labels and one off-product label:

PEFC certified sPEFC Certified

  • at least 70% of wood from PEFC-certified forests that meets or exceeds PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmark requirements and recycled material; and
  • wood from controlled sources

The overall content of recycled material shall not be higher than 85%.

Where the product does not include recycled material, the label claim shall be used without the world 'recycled'.

PEFC recycled label sPEFC Recycled

  • at least 70% PEFC certified material from recycled sources; and
  • wood from controlled sources.

PEFC-PRO-GPxxPromoting Sustainable Forest Management

  • Designed for educational or promotional purposes, this label indicates support for sustainable forest management and PEFC certification.


How to Get the Label?

Companies and forest owners with a valid PEFC Logo Usage License can use the PEFC Label Generator to create the PEFC label. Companies that have not yet received login details for the Label Generator should contact their national PEFC organization or PEFC International for more information.

Certified companies that are interested in using the PEFC label but have not yet obtained a license are encouraged to contact their national PEFC organization or PEFC International.

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 309 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2018)

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PEFC Labels

PEFC offers three standard labels for identification of PEFC-certified products

PEFC Certified

PEFC certified s

PEFC Recycled

PEFC recycled label s

Promoting SFM


Get Certified!

Contact a PEFC-notified certifier in your country for further information about PEFC certification.

PEFC Trademark

The PEFC logo and the initials “PEFC” are the exclusive property of the PEFC Council and are internationally registered trademarks.

Validate Logo Licence Number!

Check out the validity of any PEFC logo licence number online!

Trademark Abuse

The PEFC logo and the initials "PEFC" are registered trademarks. We encourage anyone to report improper use.