Public consultation on an Enquiry Draft of the revised PEFC Requirements for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard

ED PEFC ST 2003:201X, PEFC Certification Body Requirements - Chain of Custody

Document name: Requirements for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard

Document title: PEFC ST 2003:20XX, Enquiry Draft

Approved by:   PEFC Working Group 5 for the revision of the certification body requirements for chain of custody        

Date:    2019-05-16

 

Issue date: [Maximum of four weeks after approval date]

Date of entry into force: [Six months after issue date]

Transition date: [Twelve months after date of entry into force]         

 

 

 

Foreword

The text of the document has been developed by the PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of the Forest Certification schemes) and approved by the PEFC Council General Assembly on X XXX 20XX. The requirements of the document become effective for all certification bodies operating chain of custody certification against PEFC ST 2002, Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products - Requirements as of XXX XXXX 20XX (one year from the adoption).

The PEFC Council provides mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes and defines an international chain of custody standard (PEFC ST 2002) and rules for the usage of the PEFC trademarks (PEFC ST 2001). The PEFC Council requires that chain of custody certification shall be carried out by certification bodies who are accredited by accreditation bodies that are signatories of the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for product certification of IAF.

Accreditation reduces the risk for businesses and their customers by assuring that accredited certification bodies are competent to carry out the work they undertake. Accreditation bodies that are members of IAF are required to operate to the highest standard and to require the certification bodies they accredit to comply with appropriate international standards and IAF Guidance to the application of those standards.

Accreditations granted by IAF accreditation body members, based on regular peer evaluations to assure the equivalence of their accreditation programs, allow companies with an accredited conformity assessment certificate in one part of the world to have that certificate recognised everywhere else in the world.

This document cancels and replaces PEFC ST 2003:2012 Second Edition.

Introduction

The PEFC Council requires the certification bodies operating chain of custody certification to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065, PEFC document and the relevant provisions of ISO 19011 specified in this document.

ISO/IEC 17065 is an International Standard that sets out criteria for bodies operating certification of products, services and processes. The chain of custody certification is considered as a process certification whereby the chain of custody is a set of interrelated or interacting activities that transforms input information on the origin of procured raw material into output information on the origin of sold/transferred products. The requirements for the PEFC chain of custody are described in PEFC ST 2002 and rules for the usage of the PEFC trademarks are described in PEFC ST 2001 of the PEFC Council Technical Document.

The term “shall” is used throughout this document to indicate those provisions that, reflecting the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065 and requirements specific for PEFC chain of custody certification, are mandatory. The term “should” is used to indicate guidance that, although not mandatory, is provided by IAF and the PEFC Council as a recognised means of meeting the requirements.

This document does not include the text of ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO 19011. These documents can be obtained from ISO or national standard organisations.

1        Scope

This document provides additional scheme specific requirements for certification bodies operating chain of custody certification against PEFC ST 2002.

2        Normative references

For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies

IAF MD 2 Mandatory Document for the Transfer of Accredited Certification of Management Systems

IAF MD 4 Mandatory Document for the use of Computer Assisted Auditing Techniques (“CAAT”) for Accredited Certification of Management Systems

ISO/IEC 17000 Conformity assessment – Vocabulary and general principles

ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

ISO 19011 Guidelines for auditing management systems

ISO/IEC Guide 2:2004 Standardization and related activities — General vocabulary

PEFC ST 2002, Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Requirements (hereinafter the Chain of custody standard), (available from www.pefc.org)

PEFC ST 2001, PEFC Trademarks Usage Rules - Requirements (hereinafter PEFC Trademarks usage rules), (available from www.pefc.org)