As the three standards are linked, the 2020 versions of these standards must be used together. An audit is either conducted against and according to the 2020 versions of the three revised standards, or against the three previous versions.
A company can only use the 2020 Trademarks standard if they are certified against the 2020 PEFC Chain of Custody standard and the audit is conducted according to the 2020 Certification Body Requirements standard.
Offering certification for the 2020 PEFC standards
You also need to ensure your processes are in line with the requirements of the 2020 Certification Body Requirements standard (ST 2003).
If your internal PEFC chain of custody training programme was recognized by PEFC through the PEFC Training Recognition Programme (TRP), you will need to get it recognized again before offering certification for the revised standards.
If you are interesting in participating in the TRP, either to renew your recognition or to apply for the first time, you can find more information on our website or contact us at [email protected]
You can also sign up for the next scheduled PEFC TRP event.
After the transition date of 14 August 2022, no PEFC chain of custody certificates against the older version of the standard may be issued. From this date, companies certified against the older versions of the PEFC standards will have one year, until 14 August 2023, to adapt their systems to the 2020 versions.