Submitted: The Two Sides Team May 27, 2013
The 2013 PEFC Chain of Custody standard, published today, offers companies an efficient mechanism to demonstrate compliance with EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) requirements. The standard was revised over the past 18 month to satisfy the specific conditions of emerging and existing legislative and regulatory processes, with a particular focus on the EUTR.
The EUTR, which entered into force in March 2013, prohibits illegally harvested timber from being placed on the EU market. It sets out mandatory procedures designed to minimise the risk of illegal timber being sold and applies to both imported and domestically produced timber and is therefore relevant for companies globally.
Key changes to the 2013 Chain of Custody standard include:
The 2013 PEFC Chain of Custody standard was developed in a multi-stakeholder process, in line with PEFC Council Technical Documents Development Procedures (PEFC GD 1003:2009), and benefitted from more than 300 comments received during the global public consultation. Five companies, Papernet, Puumerkki, Steelcase, Weyerhaeuser, and Zellstoff Standal, volunteered to pilot test the requirements, adding on-the-ground experiences to the deliberations of the multi-stakeholder working group.
Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Requirements (PEFC ST 2002:2013) officially enters into force on 24 May 2013, with a transition period of nine month. Companies currently certified to the 2010 PEFC Chain of Custody standard can also align their existing system to EUTR requirements until implementation of the 2013 requirements.
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