Review of The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification [MC&I (2002)]

The Malaysian Criteria and Indicators for Forest Management Certification [MC&I(2002)] which is the standard used for forest management certification under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), operated by MTCC since October 2005, is due for its first review in 2009.  This review is in line with international practices that the certification standard used is to be reviewed at least every five years to ensure continuous improvement.

MTCC wishes to announce that the MC&I(2002) would be subject to its first review beginning April 2009 which would be conducted in line with the requirements specified in the MTCS document SSP1/2008: Rules on Standard Setting Process for Development of Timber Certification Standards.

The main body which will review the MC&I(2002) and develop the revised standard will be the Standards Review Committee (SRC). This Committee will serve as the multi-stakeholder “Forum” and its members will comprise representatives nominated by their respective stakeholder groups i.e. the social, environmental and economic interest groups, and the relevant government agencies, from the three regions of Malaysia, i.e. Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. It is proposed that the SRC shall comprise a total of 15 members.  The MTCC management will serve as the Secretariat for the SRC.

To assist the Secretariat in its work, a Panel of Experts (PoE) will be established.  The PoE will comprise experts in the economic, environmental and social aspects of forest management who can provide advice on how comments and proposals received from stakeholder groups related to the Principles, Criteria, Indicators and Verifiers in the MC&I(2002) can be incorporated into the revised standard. As stated in Terms of Reference (TOR) and Criteria for Selection of Members of the PoE, the MTCC envisages that the majority  of  these  experts are  likely  to  be  from  the  academic  and research institutions; however they could also be individuals from government and other organisations which are not directly involved in the forest certification process.

It is anticipated that the whole review process of the MC&I(2002) would take 16 months (from April 2009 to July 2010) and would entail, among others, the following key activities:

(i)    soliciting public comments from the stakeholder groups at various stages
during the review process by placing the MC&I(2002) and drafts of the
revised standard on the MTCC web site;
(ii)   compilation of public comments by the Secretariat;
convening meetings of the PoE to prepare and refine the draft standard
based on the comments received;
(iii)  consideration of  the drafts of the revised standard by the SRC; and
(iv)  conducting of three regional consultations to discuss the draft
standard with the relevant stakeholder groups in the three regions of

The detailed process and proposed timelines for the review of the MC&I(2002) are as shown in Appendix I.

This announcement on the review of the MC&I(2002) has been communicated in writing to all the relevant stakeholders groups in Malaysia and we look forward to their continued cooperation and active participation in the review process.  Information and progress of the review process will be posted on the MTCC website at