Responsible Wood – Chain of Custody Certification Scheme

JAS-ANZ offers an accreditation scheme for the certification of forest based products chain of custody.  This scheme encompasses the schemes operated by both the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Responsible Wood for traceability of forest based products. 

The PEFC is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.  PEFC's Chain of Custody certification scheme allows for the tracking of certified material from forest to final product to ensure that the wood, wood fibre or non-wood forest produce contained in the product or product line can be traced back to certified sustainably managed forests.

Similarly, the Responsible Wood Chain of Custody Certification Scheme is a systematic process to verify that certified wood or forest products originating from sustainably managed, certified forests are available to the end consumer. Verification is based on careful tracking of the wood and forest products through all the links of the supply chain from the forest to the markets in which the products carry the claim.

Both of these organisations utilise the PEFC ST 2003:2012: Requirements for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard as the accreditation criteria for certification bodies providing certification to their standards, in addition to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

The scheme rules PEFC ST 2003:2012 can be sourced directly from PEFC website.

There are two recognised mechanisms for tracing the origins of forest-based products, tailored to the situation and needs of certified companies:

  • The percentage based method – this mechanism allows mixing certified and non-certified raw material during the production or trading process, with the percentage of the certified raw material communicated to the company's customers (average percentage).
  • The physical separation method – this mechanism requires separating certified and non-certified raw material during all phases of the company's production/trading process to ensure that certified raw material is not mixed with non-certified raw material.

Chain of Custody certification is carried out by accredited certification bodies that verify compliance of the wood flow accounting system applied by a company complies with PEFC's International Chain of Custody Standard and/or the Responsible Wood Chain of Custody Certification Scheme.

Benefits

The Forest based products – Chain of Custody Scheme (FBP CoC) provide benefits for each of the stakeholders in the international wood products supply chain:

  • For the company:  evidence of commitment to forest sustainability and of wood or wood products being sourced from sustainable forests, commercial advantage through use of the PEFC mark on wood products.
  • For the customer (or retailer):  confidence that products are either sourced or produced from wood that can be traced back to certified sustainably managed forests.  This also assures that materials are not sourced from controversial sources (e.g. illegally logged).
  • For the end user or consumer: confidence that the wood or wood products are ethically sourced from sustainable forests.

Scheme owners

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Responsible Wood.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.