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Chain of Custody
What is PEFCTM?

The Programme of Endorsement for Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC), is the world’s largest forestry certification. It is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization which acts as a platform for the recognition of national certification schemes and which aims to promote sustainable forest management through the adoption of good forestry practices which ensure that the wood, cork and other non-wood forest products are produced in accordance with the best ethical, ecological and social standards.


PEFC CoC certification

Chain of Custody certification, according to the PEFC ST 2002:2013 – Chain of Custody of Forest-Based Products – Requirements standard, helps to ensure the traceability of certified raw materials, from the sustainably-managed and PEFC-certified forest to the end consumer, ensuring that the wood/cork or other forest product included in the product or production line comes from certified forests.


It is applicable to any organization operating in the processing and marketing chain of forest-based products that wishes to make a PEFC claim, inspiring confidence that the products come from sustainably managed forests.

It is based on two basic methods, the physical separation method or the percentage method, and can be applied by organizations that operate in a single business location or by organizations that operate in different locations, known as multi-site certification.

As a means of enabling a number of small producers located in the same country to access chain of custody certification at a low cost, group certification can be obtained within multi-site certification.

With the revision of the standard, the implementation of the DDS system became compulsory for all entries of forest-based material covered by the organization’s chain of custody, with the exception of recycled material, and material from species contained in annexes I to III of Directive CITES. The DDS system is therefore designed to ensure the transparency of the flow of materials by providing information on the origin and species at any point of the PEFC chain of custody.

PEFC CoC certification applied to PEFC certified products results in a certificate which is valid for 5 years. This enables the use of the “PEFC certified” claim in sales documents for certified material, as well as the possible use of the PEFC brand on products. The requirements of the PEFC ST 2001:2008 – PEFC Logo Usage Rules – Requirements standard must be complied with – expressed in the notification agreement which is signed between the certified organization and the PEFC national representative. Once certified, the company is registered in PEFC International’s database, and is opened up to new markets.

PEFC CoC certification can also be applied to forest-based material from controlled sources, resulting in a certificate which is valid for 5 years and allowing for the use of the “PEFC controlled sources” claim in sales documents for material from controlled sources.


Certification by APCER

APCER was the first Portuguese certification body to be accredited by the Portuguese Institute for Accreditation (IPAC), and recognized in Portugal by the Council of the Portuguese Forestry Industry (CFFP), for forest and chain of custody certification in Portugal. It is a leader in PEFC CdR certification in Portugal and has a high level of technical knowledge of the Portuguese forestry industry.


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