PEFC is an umbrella organization that endorses national forest certification systems.
National certification systems that have developed standards in line with PEFC requirements can apply for endorsement to gain access to global recognition and market access through PEFC International.
Form international provides PEFC with the advice whether to endorse or not-to-endorse the respective national certification, which is based on thorough assessment and evaluation of the schemes. Assessments are either initial evaluations, or re-evaluations (to be done approximately once in five years).
Evaluations consider both the process how the scheme was developed / revised, and the content of the requirements and procedures.
The assessment reports are accessible through the website of PEFC International.
- Over the past ten year the schemes from the following countries were assessed by Form international:
- Europe: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
- Asia & Oceania: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia – Plantation Forests
- Americas: Brazil, Canada/USA
- Africa: Gabon
Mr. Ben Gunneberg, CEO and Secretary General of PEFC Council: “Form international’s independent role in the endorsement process ensures that national standards comply with PEFC’s Sustainability Benchmarks and that all requirements are rigorously and consistently applied across national certification systems.”