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PEFC Extraordinary Assessment 2013

PEFC Extraordinary Assessment 2013

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PEFC is implementing an extraordinary assessment of PEFC-endorsed national systems against the 2010 PEFC standards for standard setting, group forest management certification, and sustainable forest management.

This document describes the respective procedures to assess PEFC-endorsed national forest certification systems for compliance with 2010 requirements.
PEFC is implementing an extraordinary assessment of PEFC-endorsed national systems against the 2010 PEFC standards for standard setting, group forest management certification, and sustainable forest management.

This document describes the respective procedures to assess PEFC-endorsed national forest certification systems for compliance with 2010 requirements.

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PEFC’s Extraordinary Assessment 2013
1 General
PEFC is implementing an extraordinary assessment of PEFC-endorsed national systemsagainst the 2010 PEFC standards for standard setting, group forest management certification,and sustainable forest management. This extraordinary assessment will not replace the periodic re-endorsement of the nationalsystems, nor will it result in an extension of the five year limitation of the PEFC endorsement of those systems. This extraordinary assessment will be implemented for all PEFC-endorsed national systems,except those that have already been assessed against the 2010 PEFC standards or those thatwill have applied for PEFC re-endorsement by 13 May 2013.
2 Scope of the assessment 
 The assessment will focus on the verification of the implementation of requirements of the 2010PEFC standards that represent significant or material changes compared to the previous PEFCrequirements. The relevant standards are:
PEFC ST 1001:2010 (Standard setting – requirements)
PEFC ST 1002:2010 (Group forest management certification – requirements)
PEFC ST 1003:2010 (Sustainable forest management – requirements) The selected requirements are listed in detail in the Annex. Additionally, assessors are requiredto report any other non-compliances that they become aware of to the PEFC Board of Directors.
 
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3 Organization of the Extraordinary Assessmen
 Appointment of the assessors
PEFC is using a pool of assessors for carrying out the independent assessment forendorsement and re-endorsement of national systems. These assessors will also beresponsible for the Extraordinary Assessment. Each assessor will be responsible for theextraordinary assessment of more than one national system.
 Assessment reports
 The assessment reports will be based on a template that will specify the structure and format forreports in detail. Final assessment report results will be published on the PEFC website afterapproval by the PEFC Board of Directors.
Timeline
1. PEFC-endorsed national systems shall submit evidence demonstrating their compliancewith the specific requirements as described in
2) Scope of Assessment
by 13 May 2013. The Extraordinary Assessment is expected to be finalized within 6-9 month.2. PEFC-endorsed national systems that will have applied for re-endorsement by 13 May2013 are exempt from the Extraordinary Assessment on request and with prior approvalby the Board of Directors. Complete documentation for assessment must be received by13 August 2013. The assessments of systems applying for re-endorsement areexpected to be finalized within 9-12 month.
4 Implementation of the requirements on the national level
In line with PEFC’s requirements for standard setting, transition periods set by national systemsfor the implementation of the new requirements by the certified entities cannot exceed 12month.
Contact:
For any further questions please contact PEFC’s Technical Unit:Michael.Berger@pefc.org
 
 
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 Annex:Requirements to be verified in the Extraordinary Assessment 
 A PEFC ST 1001:2010 (Standard setting – requirements)
 The PEFC endorsed schemes shall demonstrate that their written standard setting procedures(chapter 4.1 of PEFC ST 1001:2010) are complying with the requirements of PEFC ST1001:2010.Note: The PEFC Council does not require the PEFC endorsed schemes to carry out fullstandard setting process outside their regular periodic revision cycled in order to demonstratethe compliance with the new PEFC requirements. The PEFC Council however requires thePEFC endorsed schemes to demonstrate within the transition period that their written standardsetting procedures, which will be applied at the next revision, are complying with the PEFCCouncil requirements.
B PEFC ST 1002:2010 (Group forest management certification requirements)
 The PEFC endorsed scheme shall demonstrate that their requirements for group or regionalcertification (or any other certification model which is covered by the definition of “groupcertificationin PEFC ST 1002:2010) are complying with the following requirements of PEFC ST1002:2010:
4.1.2 In cases where a forest certification scheme allows an individual forest owner to becovered by additional group or individual forest management certifications, the scheme shallensure that non-conformity by the forest owner identified under one forest managementcertification scheme is addressed in any other forest management certification scheme thatcovers the forest owner.4.1.3 The forest certification scheme shall define requirements for an annual internalmonitoring programme that provides sufficient confidence in the conformity of the whole grouporganisation with the sustainable forest management standard.
 
4.2.1 The forest certification scheme shall define the following requirements for the functionand responsibility of the group entity:(c) To establish written procedures for the management of the group organisation;(d) To keep records of:
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the group entity and participants’ conformity with the requirements of the sustainableforest management standard, and other applicable requirements of the forestcertification scheme,
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the implementation of an internal monitoring programme, its review and any preventiveand/or corrective actions taken;(e) To establish connections with all participants based on a written agreement which shallinclude the participants’ commitment to comply with the sustainable forest managementstandard. The group entity shall have a written contract or other written agreement with all

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