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PEFC Standards Revision

PEFC Logo Usage Rules

What's the standard about?

The standard covers the requirements for users of the PEFC Logo to ensure accurate, verifiable, relevant and non misleading usage of the PEFC Logo and related claims.

It defines the legal protection of the PEFC Logo; rights to use the PEFC Logo; Logo usage categories and the requirements for on- and off-product usage of the PEFC Logo.

Who's revising the standard?

Working Group 4 is responsible for the revision of this standard. WG 4 will build consensus on the revised standard, relying on the involvement of active and committed individuals from different interest groups.

wg 4 july

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 PEFC Logo Usage Rules, WG 4 is also responsible for revising the standard for Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products.

What's the latest news?

WG 4 met for a fifth time, in Geneva, Switzerland on 24-25 January 2018 to discuss the fourth Working Draft of the revised requirements for Chain of Custody and Trademark usage.

WG4 April 2017 meeting

The WG discussed the following items:

  • Terms and Definitions
  • Action on “non-conforming products”
  • Record keeping
  • Internal auditing
  • Percentage method
  • Extension of DDS from legality+ to sustainability issues
  • "PEFC 100%/pure” label

The next meeting is planned for March/April 2019.

The timeline

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

  • April 2016: Public consultation
  • July 2016: First WG meeting
  • January 2016: Second WG meeting
  • April 2016: Third WG meeting
  • August 2017: Fourth WG meeting
  • January 2018: Fifth WG meeting
  • July 2018: Conference call
  • September 2018: Sixth WG meeting
  • March/April 2019: Seventh WG meeting


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

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

Public Consultations
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