FSC and PEFC Chain of custody certification for timber products
There are different chain of custody certification schemes, specific to the type of product that you are trying to trace through the supply chain. For timber and timber-based products, BM TRADA offers FSC and PEFC certification. Undergoing certification through these schemes with BM TRADA will allow you to use the FSC or PEFC trademark on your products and packaging.
Why do I need chain of custody certification for my timber products?
Consumers are increasingly becoming aware that many timber products often come from illegal sources, or may be the product of unsustainable logging. This type of logging contributes to mass deforestation, which leads to a loss of habitats, livelihood and is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. The unsustainable timber trade threatens forests, and those who depend on them, across the world.
Independent, third party accredited, chain of custody certification – such as that provided by BM TRADA - provides assurance that timber and timber-based products originate from responsibly managed forests, by demonstrating the material is tracked through every stage of the process, from forest to end-user.
By maintaining a certified chain of custody system, you can provide reassurance that your timber products are sourced and produced in compliance with a globally recognized ecological, social and economic standard.
Who is responsible for obtaining FSC and PEFC certification for timber products?
Chain of custody certification is applicable to all companies who process, manufacture or trade in timber or timber-derived products, including; manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, sawmills, printers and paper merchants.
For a product to qualify for certification, all companies who take legal ownership of the products and process - from trade through to repackaging of them - need to be certified.
More information about FSC Certification and PEFC Certification from BM TRADA:
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification
FSC is an international not-for-profit organization, bringing people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.
The FSC trademark allows consumers worldwide to recognize products that support the growth of responsible forest management.
Organizations are not permitted to make statements or promotional claims including either BM TRADA or FSC logos or trademarks without gaining the appropriate permissions before use.
Organizations are not permitted to promote or use any statements or claims in relation to certification that has not yet been granted. This includes the names or trademarks of BM TRADA or FSC.
FSC Certification body licence number: A000503
The FSC Certificate database can be accessed here
FSC Standards can be obtained here
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
PEFC is a global umbrella organization for the assessment and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process. These national schemes build upon the inter-governmental processes for the promotion of sustainable forest management.
PEFC works throughout the forest supply chain to promote good practice and to ensure forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.
PEFC Certification body licence number PEFC/16-44-002
“It took us about three years to make the decision to move forward with ISO 9001 and FSC certification with BM TRADA. Since having it in place, not only has it made us more efficient, but it’s also opened up doors to additional business.”
CKJ Joinery Manufacturing, Doncaster
Chain of Custody Internal Auditing Training
BM TRADA offers a Chain of Custody internal auditing course will give you a thorough understanding of the principles of chain of custody, the requirements of the standards and the audit process.
FSC™ Chain of Custody Lead Auditor Training
BM TRADA offers an FSC lead auditor course as part of our Chain of Custody suite of training.
Getting started with Chain of custody project certification
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Chain of Custody
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