One year ago, a devastating earthquake hit central Italy. One year later, PEFC-certified wood is helping people to rebuild their homes, and their lives. Throughout the region, locally grown, PEFC-certified wood has helped to get children back into school and bring communities together. It provides assurances to the people in the region that they will be better prepared in case a similar event happens in the future, using wood as a raw material that can be sourced in harmony with nature. “Using wood has many excellent advantages,” said Gianluca Endrizzi from Rubner Group, the PEFC-certified company responsible for the construction of two stunning new nurseries in Guastalla (Emilia Romagna) and Norcia (Umbria). Click Read More below for more of the story.
Accreditation bodies are the safeguard for credible certification. They ensure the impartiality and competence of the organizations responsible for certifying forest owners and companies – the certification bodies.
Given their importance within the whole PEFC system, it is vital that they are kept up-to-date on all the latest developments at PEFC.
In January, program managers and technical experts from 11 countries travelled to Geneva for an intensive training program, focused specifically on chain of custody.
“While we have been training accreditation bodies for several years, in the past it has always been done through webinars,” said Michael Berger, Head of Technical Unit at PEFC International.
“By holding in-person training it provides both us and the ABs with a much better opportunity for interaction and discussion.”
Looking to the future
The participating accreditation bodies represented a wide spectrum, from those who have been involved in PEFC certification for many years to those planning to set up their PEFC program soon.
“It was fantastic to welcome representatives from Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Mexico, all of which are all taking their first steps to set up a PEFC accreditation program in their country,” said Johan Vlieger, Technical Unit Officer, who led the two day training session.
In future, this training will become mandatory for all accreditation bodies operating a PEFC accreditation program.
more at: http://pefc.org/news-a-media/general-sfm-news/2324-pefc-intensifies-cooperation-with-accreditation-bodies