Certification Programme

Overview

MTCC started operating its timber certification programme known as the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) in October 2001 which comprises two components as follows:

Forest Management Certification

This is a process of third party audit of the forest management practices of natural forest in a Forest Management Unit (FMU) or forest plantation in a Forest Plantation Management Unit (FPMU) to assess compliance with the requirements of a prescribed standard, leading to an award of a Certificate for Forest Management or Certificate for Forest Plantation Management under the MTCS.

  • Forest PlantationsThe standard used for certification of natural forest is the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification (Natural Forest) or in short MC&I(Natural Forest).
  • Natural ForestThe standard used for certification of forest plantations is the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Plantation Management Certification or in short MC&I Forest Plantation.v2.

All applications for forest management certification are receive and process by certification bodies (CBs). For list of PEFC-notified CBs operate under the MTCS, please click here

Process Flow for Forest Management Certification

When a forest owner/manager is ready to proceed with certification, they complete a formal application form and submit to the chosen certification body.

When a forest owner/manager is ready to proceed with certification, they complete a formal application form and submit to the chosen certification body.

When a forest owner/manager is ready to proceed with certification, they complete a formal application form and submit to the chosen certification body.

When a forest owner/manager is ready to proceed with certification, they complete a formal application form and submit to the chosen certification body.

When a forest owner/manager is ready to proceed with certification, they complete a formal application form and submit to the chosen certification body.

When a forest owner/manager is ready to proceed with certification, they complete a formal application form and submit to the chosen certification body.

Process Flow for Forest Management Certification

Peer review is an integral part of the decision making process in forest management certification. A peer reviewer is responsible to provide a second independent expert opinion on the level of compliance of the forest management unit by assessing the reports prepared by a certification body against the requirements of the standard. Obtain the list of registered peer reviewers here.

If you are interested to become a registered peer reviewer under the MTCS, please e-mail to siti@mtcc.com.my your curricular vitae, outlining your experience in forestry or expertise related to various aspects of forest/forest plantation management such as ecology, environmental service, botany, zoology, sociology, agriculture, forest/agriculture engineering & forest/agriculture economics.

Chain of Custody Certification (CoC)

This is a process of third party audit of timber product manufacturers or exporters to ascertain that the timber products manufactured or exported are sourced from forests which have been awarded the Certificate for Forest Management/Certificate for Forest Plantation Management, and leads to an award of a Certificate for Chain of Custody under the MTCS.The standard used for CoC certification is the PEFC ST 2002:2013, Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products – Requirements.

All applications for chain of custody certification are received and processed by certification bodies (CBs).For list of PEFC-notified CBs operate under the MTCS, please click here

Process Flow for Chain of Custody Certification
  • Prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) that fulfill the requirements of the CoC standard
  • Conduct training, internal audit
  • Management meet to review the finding of internal audit. Minutes of the meeting to be recorded
  • Formal application by organisation (company) to chosen PEFC-notified Certification Body (CB)
  • Set the date for the main audit
  • Audit carried out by CB against the CoC standard
  • CB prepares Audit Report and submits to organisation for comments
  • Audit Report together with organisation’s comments submitted to CB’s Certification Committee for decision
  • If eligible, CB will issue Certificate to applicant (company) against the CoC standard used
  • Certificate valid for maximum of 5 years
  • If eligible, CB will issue Certificate to applicant (company) against the CoC standard used
  • Certificate valid for maximum of 5 years
  • Annual surveillance audit carried by CB to ensure continued compliance
  • CB will check whether any corrective actions the organisation was asked to carry out have been completed
  • Renewal of Certificate after the initial validity period is nearing expiry requires the organisation to undergo a full audit
  • CB will re-evaluate the compliance of the organisation with the requirements of the CoC standard
  • If the organisation meets the CoC requirements, CB will re-issue Certificate with validity period maximum of 5 years

Institutional Arrangement for MTCS

Under the institutional arrangement for MTCS, MTCC is the National Governing Body (NGB) which is overall in charge of the scheme.The Certification Bodies (CBs) receive and process the applications for certification, conduct audits and make decisions to award the Certificate for Forest Management/Certificate for Forest Plantation Management or Certificate for Chain of Custody.The CBs are required to obtain accreditation from the national Accreditation Body (AB) which is the Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA).

Institutional Arrangement for MTCS
Dispute Resolution Committee

Under the MTCS, the Dispute Resolution Procedures (DRP 1/2009) document describes the procedures for the investigation and resolution of disputes covering (i) the types of dispute that can be referred to the MTCC in its role as the National Governing Body (NGB); (ii) procedure for submission of disputes; (iii) functions and membership of the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC) and its decision-making process; and (iv) costs incurred related to these procedures.

The six-member DRC, established by the MTCC Board of Trustees to consider and resolve the types of disputes mentioned in these procedures, comprised of the following well-known individuals who posses a wealth of experience in fields related to forest management and the timber industry:

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