GFA developed Interim Standard for NTFP in Vietnam

GFA Certification is the first FSC accredited certification body who developed a standard for the certification of non-timber forest products for Vietnam. This allows Vietnamese forestry companies for the first time to include products such as latex, bamboo, rattan, honey and other by-products within the scope of their FSC certificate. […]

Non-timber forest products (NTFP) from responsible forest management are in increasing demand and sales opportunities for FSC-certified products such as natural rubber are encouraging. They have high potential for the diversification of forest enterprises, can provide additional income for smallholder farms in particular, and therefore often contribute significantly to rural development.

The GFA standard can be assessed here at any time on the GFA Certification website.

GFA Certification demonstrates highest quality standards as FSC® certification body

GFA Certification received the best grade “A” as certification body in a risk analysis, which was conducted by Accreditation Services International (ASI) for the first time in 2017 and proves highest reliability as certification body for FSC forest management and FSC chain of custody certification. […]

ASI is responsible on behalf of FSC to assess whether the certification bodies fulfill the requirements of FSC certification. The assessments are conducted in several audits during the year, including assessments of the certification bodies´ headoffice, affiliate offices and by accompanying selected audits at clients of the certification bodies. The assessments focus on the quality of the certification procedures and the audit implementation. ASI applies strict requirements to be fulfilled by the certification bodies. Non-adherence can lead to a suspension of the certification body.

Successful re-accreditation ISO 17065 and ISO 17021

GFA Certification GmbH was successfully re-accredited by the DAkkS to provide certification services according to ISO 17065 (PEFC Chain of Custody) and ISO 17021 (PEFC forest certification) in July 2017.

Jörn Ackermann takes over the management of GFA Certification GmbH

A change in the Management Board of GFA Certification GmbH came into effect on the 01.05.2016. Mr. Jörn Ackermann took over from the previous Managing Director, Carsten Huljus. As a trained carpenter and a graduated wood farmer with more than 15 years of work experience in the field of forestry and timber management, he looks forward to the new position with much anticipation.