PEFC Chain-of-Custody

Certification for Wood and Paper Products

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Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) chain of custody (CoC) is a certification program for international traceability of forest products. PEFC recognizes both national and international regulations for forest products in the supply chain, ensuring the link back to certified sustainable forests under PEFC-endorsed national forest management standards. PEFC endorses national forest management standards in more than 48 countries worldwide and has chain of custody certificate holders in more than 70 countries.

SCS provides the independent third-party audit to forest product manufacturers that want to achieve PEFC certification. Certification helps organizations to expand market access internationally for certified products, and it enables them to demonstrate sourcing of products that support responsible environmental, social, and economic practices.

To get certified, organizations will undergo an audit to review procedures and documentation for tracking certified material, including a site visit to tour facilities and interview key staff. If conformance to the PEFC CoC Standard is met, companies are issued a certificate and given the trademarks for on-product and off-product promotions. PEFC Certification also contributes to LEED® for building products.

SCS offers Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification to the PEFC standard as well as triple certification to the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standard and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard. A leader in third party certification for nearly three decades, SCS is well-positioned to address your certification needs every step of the way. Our dedicated professional staff will guide you through the CoC certification process with fast and reliable service.

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PEFC CoC certification is available to all companies that process or sell forest products, including sawmills, secondary manufacturers, brokers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, printers, and paper merchants. This certification verifies use of input materials from FSC-certified forests and recycled sources.

We also offer triple Chain of Custody certification with FSC and SFI.

Complementary Services

PEFC Chain of Custody certification audits can be conducted concurrently with FSC and SFI Chain of Custody audits, enabling you to get even more value from your certification efforts.

Woody biomass producers may also wish to combine PEFC Chain of Custody audits with Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) audits to reduce overall audit time and expense.

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