Public consultation on PEFC ST 1003:201X, Enquiry Draft, Sustainable Forest Management – Requirements

PEFC ST 1003:201X, Enquiry Draft, Sustainable Forest Management – Requirements

9 Performance evaluation

9.1     Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation

9.1.1     The standard requires that monitoring of forest resources and evaluation of their management, including ecological, social and economic effects, shall be periodically performed, and results fed back into the planning process.

9.1.2     The standard requires that health and vitality of forests shall be periodically monitored, especially key biotic and abiotic factors that potentially affect health and vitality of forest ecosystems, such as pests, diseases, overgrazing and overstocking, fire, and damage caused by climatic factors, air pollutants or by forest management operations.

9.1.3     The standard requires that where it is the responsibility of the forest owner/manager and included in forest management, the use of non-wood forest products, including hunting and fishing, shall be regulated, monitored and controlled.

9.1.4     The standard requires that working conditions shall be regularly monitored and adapted as necessary.

9.2 Internal audit

9.2.1    Objectives

The standard requires that an internal audit programme at planned intervals shall provide information on whether the management system

a) conforms to

    • the organisation’s requirements for its management system;
    • the requirements of the national sustainable forest management standard

b) is effectively implemented and maintained.

9.2.2 Organisation

The standard requires that the organisation shall:

a) plan, establish, implement and maintain an audit programme(s) including the frequency, methods, responsibilities, planning requirements and reporting, which shall take into consideration the importance of the processes concerned and the results of previous audits;

b) define the audit criteria and scope for each audit;

c) select the auditors and conduct audits to ensure objectivity and the impartiality of the audit process;

d) ensure that the results of the audits are reported to relevant management;

e) retain documented information as evidence of the implementation of the audit programme and the audit results;

9.3 Management review

9.3.1     The standard requires that an annual management review shall at least include

a) the status of actions from previous management reviews;

b) changes in external and internal issues that are relevant to the management system;

c) information on the organisation’s performance, including trends in:

    • nonconformities and corrective actions;
    • monitoring and measurement results;
    • audit results;

d) opportunities for continual improvement.

9.3.2     The standard requires that the outputs of the management review shall include decisions related to continual improvement opportunities and any need for changes to the management system.

9.3.3.    The standard requires that documented information as evidence of the results of management reviews shall be retained.