PEFC And Responsible Wood – Chain of Custody Certification Schemes

PEFC And Responsible Wood – Chain of Custody Certification Schemes

JAS-ANZ offers two accreditation schemes for the chain of custody certification of forest and tree based products. The schemes are: 

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Chain of Custody (PEFC ST 2002) ( establishes the requirements for chain of custody certifiaction for forest and tree based products.  The PEFC Chain of Custody establishes the link from the forest to the market, tracking forest and tree based products from sustainable sources to the final product.  In addition, the certification standard includes management requirements, including on health, safety and labour issues.

The PEFC National Governing Body for Australia and New Zealand is Responsible Wood.

Responsible Wood Certification Scheme ( ) maintains a scheme which incorporates a Sustainable Forest Management Standard (AS4708) and a Chain of Custody Standard (AS 4707).   Eligible organisations can seek certification against one or both of these Standards. The Scheme is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).  Certified clients may therefore to also seek recognition, subject to satisfying licencing criteria, for use of the PEFC certification marks in addition to those of Responsible Wood.

Both of these Chain of Custody schemes adopt PEFC ST 2003: Requirements for Certification Bodies operating Certification against the PEFC International Chain of Custody Standard as the accreditation criteria for certification bodies providing certification to their standards, in addition to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

The scheme rules PEFC ST 2003 can be sourced directly from PEFC website.

Chain of Custody certification is carried out by accredited certification bodies that verify compliance of, amongst other matters, the forest or tree based product flow accounting and due diligence systems.


Chain of Custody certification of forest and tree based products provide benefits for each of the stakeholders in the international wood products supply chain:

  • For the company:  evidence of commitment to forest sustainability and of forest or tree based products being sourced from sustainable forests, commercial advantage through use of the PEFC mark on eligible products.
  • For the customer (or retailer):  confidence that products are either sourced or produced from material that can be traced back to certified sustainably managed forests.  This also assures that materials are not sourced from controversial sources (e.g. illegally logged).
  • For the end user or consumer: confidence that the forest or tree based products are sourced from sustainable forests.

Scheme owners

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Responsible Wood.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.