Committees of experts from industry, governments, consumers and other relevant sectors prepare Australian Standard® brand standards. These Standards reflect the latest scientific and industry experience and are consistently reviewed, taking into account changing technology.
Compliance with the Australian Forestry Standard (AS 4708) and the Chain of Custody Standard (AS 4707) is carried out by independent, JAS-ANZ accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies also undertake surveillance and periodic re-assessment audits ensuring continued compliance.
Dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification, PEFC is the world's largest forest certification scheme. AFS Ltd is the PEFC National Governing Body for Australia and administers the PEFC scheme and licensing the use of the PEFC logo in Australia.
Consumers trust certification labels and expect companies to label sustainably produced products. That's the message from the first PEFC Global Consumer Survey which found 81% of consumers globally want companies sourcing certified material from sustainably managed forests to..
New arrangements for timber importers and processors designed to protect legitimate markets and combat illegally sourced timber products came into effect from 30 November 2014. From that date all businesses importing timber or timber products or processing domestically grown ..
PEFC developing rapidly in South-East Asia 09-Dec-2014
PEFC is continuing to work hard to encourage the uptake of sustainable forest management certification in South East Asia. Forest Certification Workshops will be held in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in December 2014 co-hosted by PEFC International. Fore..
Revised chain of custody standard published
The revised Australian Standard® for Chain of custody for forest products has been published, ensuring it is up to date and consistent with international best practice.
Certification bodies can continue to issue certificates against AS 4707:2006 until 31 December 2014. From 1 January 2015 all new chain of custody certificates must be issued against AS 4707:2014.
Existing certified clients may choose, following the publication of AS 4707:2014, to be audited against either AS 4707:2014 or AS 4707:2006. Transition from AS 4707:2006 to AS 4707:2014 may occur during a surveillance audit. If the client chooses to be audited to AS 4707:2006 a transition plan must be discussed with the audit team and described in the audit report.
All clients should comply with AS 4707:2014 by 31 December 2015. READ MORE
- Certified Sites:
- SFM & CoC Certificates:
- Forest Area certified:
- >10.4m ha