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

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

10 Improvement

10.1 Nonconformity and corrective action

10.1.1   The standard requires that when a nonconformity occurs, the organisation shall:

a) react to the nonconformity and, as applicable:

i) take action to control and correct it;

ii. deal with the consequences;

b) evaluate the need for action to eliminate the causes of the nonconformity, in order that it does not recur or occur elsewhere, by:

i. reviewing the nonconformity;

ii. determining the causes of the nonconformity;

iii. determining if similar nonconformities exist, or could potentially occur;

c) implement any action needed;

d) review the effectiveness of any corrective action taken;

e) make changes to the management system, if necessary.

10.1.2   The standard requires that corrective actions shall be appropriate to the effects of the nonconformities encountered.

10.1.3   The standard requires that the organisation shall retain documented information as evidence of:

a) the nature of the nonconformities and any subsequent actions taken;

b) the results of any corrective action.

10.2 Continual improvement

The standard requires that the suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the sustainable forest management system and the sustainable management of the forest shall be continuously improved.