Steps for certification

PEFC™ certification of the supply chain (COC)

Background of PEFC Certification

The PEFC certification for wood and paper products is of interest to a host of companies within the supply chain from the forest of origin to the certified end product. The PEFC certification represents an alternative or a complement to FSC® certification. With a PEFC Chain of Custody (COC) certification, you contribute to the use of responsibly produced raw materials and in doing so, meet the requirements of many customers. GFA Certification is accredited for PEFC certification of the supply chain and offers audits according to the applicable standards. The goal is the traceability of certified products across the entire supply chain right back to the forest of origin. Each individual company within the supply chain must prove their own inputs and outputs of certified goods. This form of PEFC certification is aimed at all companies that endeavour to produce, process or trade PEFC certified products or wish to be part of the supply chain. Often, a combination with a FSC® COC certification is desired, GFA offers combined Audits against the FSC and PEFC COC standards.

Procedure of PEFC certification

Companies interested in PEFC certification create internal procedures and processes to ensure the traceability of certified PEFC materials through own production, processing or trading processes. The effectiveness of the System is verified and confirmed by GFA Certification through a certification audit and then by annual surveillance audits . After successful certification, your company is entitled to label products with the PEFC label and sell these as PEFC certified products.


Important steps to PEFC certification

  1. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION

    – Company collects information about the requirements for PEFC COC
    – Company fills out the GFA Questionnaire under Request Proposal (see below).
    – If necessary, GFA requests further information
    – GFA evaluates the information

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  2. PROPOSAL AND ORDER

    – Elaboration of a non-binding certification proposal by GFA
    – If necessary clarification of open questions
    – Acceptance of the certification proposal by the company

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  3. IMPLEMENTATION

    Implementation of the PEFC COC requirements by the company, for example

    – Establishment of necessary procedures and processes
    – Nomination of responsible staff
    – Creation of a PEFC COC manual
    – Staff training
    – Creation of sample documents

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  4. MAIN AUDIT

    Assessment of the PEFC system by a GFA auditor

    – Verification of documented procedures
    – Inspection of the on-site operations
    – Meeting with company management
    – Staff meetings with responsible staff
    – Creation of the audit report by the auditor
    – Correction of identified non-conformities by the company
    – Certification decision by the GFA

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  5. CERTIFICATE

    – Issuing of the certificate
    – Registration of the certificate

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  6. ANNUAL SURVEILLANCE AUDIT

    – Annual assessment by an auditor
    – Company provides evidence for compliance
    – Certification decision by the GFA

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  7. RE-CERTIFICATION AUDIT

    – Takes place a few weeks prior to expiry of the certificate period (5 years)
    – New certification contract is concluded
    – New audit by GFA

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For more information download our PDF documents listed in the side bar or contact us directly via the contact form or under 0049 40 5247431 151 (Arne Kuck) or 0049 40 5247431 152 (Jannek Fahrenkrug).

Costs of PEFC certification

Certification of companies according to the requirements of PEFC COC is not a set system with fixed prices. The costs involved depend on the duration of audit which in turn is dependent on the intended scope of the certificate as well as the complexity of business processes.

You will receive a free and non-binding offer within a few days under the “Request Proposal” section which is tailored to your needs. Usually the time for companies to prepare for certification and be ready for the first audit by GFA takes 4 – 8 weeks.