The Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Kelantan State FMU (FMC 005) against the requirements of MC&I(Natural Forest) have been suspended with effect from 18 March 2016 until further notice. SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. made this decision after the Kelantan State FMU failed to close a major Corrective Action Request (CAR) following the second surveillance audit carried out by SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. It is required that any major non-conformity raised must be adequately addressed within the given time for the FMU to maintain its certification.
In light of the above development, all logs sourced from the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRFs) in the Kelantan State FMU beginning 18 March 2016 (i.e. all logs accompanied by Removal Passes issued dated 18 March 2016 and onwards) will not be recognised as PEFC certified material under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). Nevertheless, the logs originating from Kelantan State FMU can be accepted as PEFC Controlled Sources, provided that a due diligence system has been implemented and does not involve sourcing of logs from conversion areas.