Review of AS 4707

The Australian Standard® for Chain of custody of forest products (AS 4707) is reviewed approximately every five years to ensure it remains consistent with any changes in technical and operational considerations and reflects community expectations at both the national and international level.

The most recent review was completed in 2014 and the revised version of the Standard was published (AS 4707:2014) on 31 July 2014.

The review was undertaken by an independent Standards Reference Committee made up of experts and representatives from a broad range of stakeholders, including forest managers, wood processors, traders and wood/paper products customers. The review followed the standards development procedures and requirements set down by the Accreditation Board for Standards Development Organisations (ABSDO) to ensure the consistency, accountability and transparency required of an Australian Standard®. The successful completion of this review demonstrates that the Standard continues to provide what businesses and consumers need – objectivity, transparency and consistency.

The Australian Forest Certification Scheme, of which AS 4707 is a key component, is endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). PEFC is the world's largest certification system for sustainable forest management. The Standard Reference Committee has sought to ensure that the Australian Standard (AS 4707) continues to be consistent with PEFC requirements and AS 4707:2014 is based closely on the recently revised PEFC Chain of Custody Standard (PEFC ST 2002:2013).