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PEFC Standards Revision

Standard Setting

What's the standard about?

This standard outlines the processes and steps a standardizing body must take during the national standard setting process.

The standardising body is responsible for managing the process of standards development. In many cases the standardising body and the National Governing Body (the PEFC National member and responsible for the governance and administration of the system) are the same.

The PEFC General Assembly approved the revised standard on 15 November 2017.

What are the main changes?

One of the areas identified for further improvement was periodic reviews. Periodic reviews aim at ensuring that national systems are consistently updated to meet national and international expectations.

A periodic review includes a gap analysis, public consultation and consideration of feedback received while the standard is in force.

Based on such periodic reviews, national standards can be revised or reaffirmed, the latter meaning that they can remain valid for another five-year period.

You can already download and read the revised standard, and to make things easier, you can also browse our overview of the changes.

Who revised the standard?

Working Group 3 was responsible for the revision of this guide. WG 3 built consensus on the revised document, relying on the involvement of active and committed individuals from different interest groups.

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

Revision timeline (completed)

  • January – February 2016: Establishment of the Working Group
  • April 2016: First WG meeting
  • October 2016: Second WG meeting
  • March - April 2017: Public consultation
  • June 2017: Conference call (third meeting)
  • July 2017: WG achieved consensus on the final draft
  • 15 November 2017: PEFC General Assembly approved the revised standard


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
Provide input into the enquiry drafts through our public consultations.

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PEFC Annual Review

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PEFC Annual Review 2017