The MC&I(2002) was finalised and adopted as the standard for forest management certification at the National-Level Consultation held on 28-30 October 2002 in Kuala Lumpur which was attended by 113 participants representing all stakeholder groups. The National-Level Consultation agreed that the MC&I(2002) be field-tested in the three regions of Malaysia. The decision to field-test the MC&I(2002) in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia was also endorsed by the Sixth NSC meeting held on 12 June 2003 so as to assess its practical application in assessing FMUs for the purpose of timber certification.
Subsequently, the field tests of the MC&I(2002) were conducted in the three regions of Malaysia as follows:
|Region||Site of Field-Test||Date||Assessor Company|
|Sabah||Deramakot Forest Reserve||9-13 February||SGS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.|
|Peninsular Malaysia||Perak FMU||1-6 March||SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd.|
|Sarawak||Timber Licence Area T/3236, Ulu Balui, Kapit||7-12 May||Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)|
Besides the auditors from assessor companies, stakeholder representatives from the three regions also participated in the field tests and provided valuable inputs. The field tests in the three regions were assisted by resource persons from the respective forestry departments/agencies who provided the necessary field information and logistic support.
Filed Test in Sarawak
The Seventh NSC meeting held on 10-11 August 2004 considered the recommendations of the three field tests and agreed to adopt the finalised MC&I(2002) as the standard for forest management certification in Malaysia.