Revised PEFC Guidance for Forest Management Audit due to Covid-19 released

The PEFC Council has issued the third version of the guidance on general procedures for the application of the guidance, as well as specific rules for initial and re-certification audits, surveillance audits and internal monitoring programmes for group organizations. 

The latest version (Version 3) provides updates on auditing, including the introduction of hybrid audits, where an auditor or technical expert is on-site and the audit team leader is at a remote location. It also provides the possibility of postponing external surveillance audits and the annual internal monitoring programme for a maximum of six months.

The full guidance can be downloaded here. The tracked changes document detailing the changes are available here.

The updated guidance (Version 3) was released on 18 December 2020 and is applicable until PEFC Council revokes the guidance.

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