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PEFC Standards Revision

Group Forest Management Certification

What's the standard about?

This standard defines the general requirements for forest certification systems with group forest management certification that allows the certification of a number of forest owners/managers under one certificate.

Group Certification is a mechanism through which groups of small forest landholders can organize themselves, pool their resources, and work together to achieve certification. This makes certification accessible for small-forest owners.

What's the latest news?

The Final Draft of the revised Group Forest management Certification benchmark was approved by the WG during a conference call in September 2018.

The Final Draft will now be submitted to the Board of Directors, followed by the PEFC General Assembly, for formal approval. The revised standard is expected to be adopted by the end of 2018.

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What has changed?

Group certification works through a combination of internal and external auditing. As not every smallholder is audited, costs are substantially lower, helping make certification accessible. However, this means that internal auditing must work flawlessly.

The revised benchmark will provide an innovative framework for internal monitoring and auditing in certified groups with a chapter on ‘performance evaluation’. This will include improved requirements for internal auditing, such as risk based sampling groups and minimum sample size, as well as strengthening the management system of the group itself.

By strengthening the internal auditing process, we can be even more assured that all forest owners within a group are managing their forests in line with the requirements and small-forest owners can continue to benefit from affordable certification.

Who's revising the standard?

Working Group 2 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 2 will build consensus on the revised standard, relying on the involvement of active and committed individuals from different interest groups.

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To ensure that no single concerned interest can dominate the process, the WG has balanced representation of interested stakeholders, including geographical representation, and a consensus-driven decision making process.

In addition to revising the Group Certification Standard, WG 2 is also responsible for revising the requirements for certification bodies conducting PEFC Forest Management certification audits.

The timeline

Here you can find the timeline for the revision of this standard. The next stage is in bold:

  • January – February 2016: Establishment of the Working Group
  • May 2016: First WG meeting
  • October 2016: Second WG meeting
  • March 2017: Third WG meeting
  • September 2017: Fourth WG meeting
  • December 2017 - February 2018: Public consultation
  • March 2018: Fifth WG meeting
  • September 2018: Conference call - WG achieved consensus on the final draft
  • Next step: Submission to the PEFC Board for approval

 

GET INVOLVED!

There are several ways to get involved in the Standards Revision process:

Public Consultations
Provide input into the enquiry drafts through our public consultations.

Expert Forum
The deliberations of the Working Groups will be informed by two online Expert Forums for SFM and for CoC.
Join the SFM Forum
Join the CoC Forum

Revision Newsletter
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Working Groups
The most powerful institution in the process: members are responsible for the core of the revision work.

Stakeholder Conference
Join us to discuss the revision work face-to-face and provide your input.

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