PEFC - Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification

Responsible and sustainable forest management has become a vital issue during the past decades. Inadequate and improper forest management practices are threatening the long-term viability of many forests. This reduces their economic potential significantly, resulting in negative social and environmental impacts.

Public awareness and the demand for certified timber products is growing, and Forest Management Certification gives the necessary reassurance that timber products originating from a forest are managed in a responsible and sustainable way. Forest managers and forest owners who choose to ignore the sustainability issue are becoming very vulnerable. Their over-exploitation leads to a serious depletion of natural resources and increased public criticism. That is why more and more managers and owners are looking to Forest Management Certification.

How you benefit
Manufacturers and suppliers who want to guarantee that their timber products originate from a certified forest, and who want to pass this guarantee onto the end user, need to provide proof of the origin. This is accomplished by way of Chain Of Custody Certification.

Control Union Certifications (CUC) is an independent certification body that carries out inspections, audits, verifications and awards certificates for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes), Keurhout and the EU Timber Regulation (EU TR). We have a global network of offices in more than 60 countries. This allows us to make our work more efficient and cost effective, whilst upholding the same stringent professional auditing and certification procedures.

What does the standard look like
Since CUC is formally recognised by the EU as a Monitoring Organization (MO), national competent authorities trust our services to a high level. Certification of your Due Diligence System (DDS) against our Timber Legality Verification (TLV) standard assures compliance with the EU TR requirements. Our IT platform,, allows you to visualise the entire supply chain after going step by step through the EU TR requirements. On request, Control Union executes inspections in the country of origin to verify relevant issues. Documents used for proving legality can be checked by Control Union on legality.

This program is accredited; RvA-C412.
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