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PEFC Lifts Suspension of Swiss Q-label

Apr 27 2006

The PEFC Council today lifted the suspension of the Swiss Q-label forest certification system. As of today, the Swiss Q-label certified forest area is again endorsed by PEFC and the wood can be labelled with the PEFC logo and claims. The lifting of the suspension is the result of the Q-label's adoption of changes ensuring compliance with PEFC requirements.

"Safeguarding the consistently high standards of all PEFC endorsed systems around the world is of utmost importance to the PEFC Council", said Mr Ben Gunneberg, Secretary General of the PEFC Council. "We are therefore delighted that the Swiss system has made the necessary changes and that we are now able to reinstate it as fully endorsed system."

To bring its wood tracking system into PEFC compliance, the Q-label system replaced its previous standard with PEFC's international Chain of Custody standard. Swiss Chain of Custody holders who are still certified to the previous standard and who wish to be PEFC recognized, therefore need to be re-certified to the new international Chain of Custody standard.

The PEFC Council suspended the Swiss Q-Label Wood Certification Scheme in November 2005 for non-compliance with three PEFC requirements. These were compliance with the international PEFC chain of custody rules; provision of a publicly available certification report summary of the certification results and information from external parties being used as evidence in the forest certification process.


Jaroslav Tymrak, Head of Technical Unit, PEFC Council

Urs Amstutz, National Secretary, PEFC Switzerland