Negeri Sembilan FMU First to be Certified Against MC&I (2002)

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) wishes to announce that the Negeri Sembilan FMU is the first FMU to be awarded with the Certificate for Forest Management against the requirements of the Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification or in short the MC&I(2002).

The award of the Certificate for Forest Management to the Negeri Sembilan FMU was based on the outcome of an assessment against the requirements of the MC&I(2002) conducted by an independent assessor, i.e. SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. (“SIRIM QAS”)  on 9-13 April 2007.  The draft Report on the Assessment of Negeri Sembilan Forest Management Unit for Forest Management Certification prepared by SIRIM QAS was subjected to the Client’s comment as well as a review process by two Peer Reviewers.  The finalized Assessment Report incorporating the comments of the Client and the Peer Reviewers was tabled for the consideration and decision of MTCC Certification Committee during its 38th Meeting held on 30 August 2007.

In all, a total of six Minor Corrective Action Requests (CARs) were raised to the Negeri Sembilan FMU as a result of the assessment.  As no Major CAR was raised and the Minor CARs do not preclude certification, SIRIM QAS has recommended that the Negeri Sembilan FMU be eligible for the award of a new Certificate for Forest Management against the requirements of the MC&I(2002).  The MTCC Certification Committee concurred with the recommendation made by SIRIM QAS and therefore agreed to award a new Certificate for Forest Management to the Negeri Sembilan FMU. The public summary of the Assessment Report can be viewed at MTCC’s website: http://www.mtcc.com.my.

The Certificate for Forest Management bearing No. FMC 007 dated 30 August 2007 will supersede the earlier Certificate issued to the FMU against the requirements of the MC&I(2001).  The Certificate will be valid for five years and surveillance audits will be carried out every 12 months to ensure the FMU’s continued compliance to the requirements of the MC&I(2002).