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PEFC™ Chain of custody for forest products

Sustainable raw material for an environmentally-responsible product

The Chain of Custody (CoC) for forest products is defined as the monitoring of forest products (wood, paper, cork, bark, resin, etc.) during the different phases of the production process and their subsequent commercialisation, in order to ensure that forest products can be traced from the end user to the forest, or in the case of the recycled material, to the point when the material is recovered.

The chain of custody for forest products represents the stage immediately following sustainable forest management certification, and is necessary to create an informative link between the raw material included in a forest product and its origin.

PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an international, not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation that emerged in 1998 as a voluntary initiative of the private forest sector to promote sustainable forest management through certification carried out by an independent third party.

In 2004, PEFC established itself as the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Systems, with the goal of offering a framework for establishing comparable national certification systems with mutual recognition throughout Europe.

Using the PEFC chain of custody certification, AENOR, an independent third-party entity, guarantees the implementation of a chain of custody system in compliance with requirements of the PEFC chain of custody. The consumer is guaranteed that the certified product comes from a responsibly-managed forest that meets environmental, social and economic criteria. In the case of recycled forest material, the chain of custody ensures that products can be traced from the consumer to the recovery centre.

Internal benefits for your organisation:

  • It facilitates the opening of new markets sensitive to environmental issues.
  • It improves the producer's image in the eyes of the Administration.
  • It offers a tool to comply with legal requirements affecting the wood trade.

Benefits for your clients:

  • It gives consumers the confidence that the forest products they consume come from forests that are managed responsibly using environmentally-friendly practices.
  • Consumers are assured of the legal origin of the wood in products that they consume, and that it does not come from over-exploited forests or illegal felling.
  • The logo demonstrating the PEFC Chain of Custody certification distinguishes a company positively from the competition.

PEFC chain of custody audits can be integrated with FSC®​ chain of custody audits. They can also be integrated with quality management system audits or environmental audits. When a company has systems of this kind, it is very likely that it already meets many of the requirements for CoC and must only prepare the necessary control procedures or modify those already existing to meet requirements.​

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Once the audit process has been successfully completed your organisation obtains:

  • The AENOR Certificate of Compliance with the requirements of the PEFC Chain of Custody.
  • A licence for use of the Chain of Custody mark.

The use of the mark PEFC should be done according to requirements set forth in PEFC ST 2001:2008.

Compliance with requirements of the PEFC Chain of Custody

PEFC chain of custody certification


AENOR is accredited by ENAC the Spanish National Accreditation Body for certification of the Chain of Custody for Forest Products under the System PEFC(accreditation no. 01/C-PR108). This accreditation allows AENOR to certify the Chain of Custody PEFC with an international scope.

See here the organisations certified in PEFC Chain of Custody

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