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Endorsed National Forest Certification Systems

National forest certification systems are developed at national level, enabling them to be adapted to local conditions, consistent with national laws and regulations, and meet the expectations of stakeholders on the ground.

Once a country has developed a national forest certification system in line with our requirements, the system is submitted to us for endorsement. The system will then go through an independent and rigorous assessment process before it can be endorsed.

The full system documentation, the assessment report and the endorsement history and key dates are all publicly available here.

To display information about an endorsed national certification system, please select a country from the list below:


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Key documentation

Endorsement milestones

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: 16 September 2016
  • Review date: 16 September 2021

System history

  • Revised system endorsed: 29 March 2018
  • Public consultation: 4 May - 3 July 2017
  • Latest revision submitted for assessment: March 2017
  • Re-endorsed: 29 June 2011
  • Endorsed: 22 March 2005
  • Joined PEFC: 26 January 2001