The importance of renewable materials such as wood or paper coming from a sustainably managed forest is increasing every day. To achieve this, a series of requirements included in the Forest Certification must be fulfilled, which entail advantages for this environment.
This is applied at two levels: forest management (GFS Certification -Sustainable Forest Management-) and Chain of Custody certification when the object of examination is the traceability of raw materials of forest origin.
The Chain of Custody (CoC) of forest products consists of monitoring the materials extracted from this environment (wood, paper, cork, bark, resin …) during the different phases of the production process and their subsequent commercialization, in order to ensure the traceability of these forest products from the final consumer to the forest or, in the case of recycled material, to the point where the material is recovered.
All Chain of Custody certification may be carried out as a subsequent stage to the GFS certification of the forests, thus creating the complete traceability cycle from a forest-based product to its origin.
To certify these systems there are two main international certifications: FSC y PEFC.
The objective of these two certifications is to be able to accredit that the certified company complies with the standards of the norms, as well as to create the unique FSC® or PEFC® seal that will allow the product to be accredited throughout its supply chain.
Some of the benefits that this certification can bring to our company are:
And for our customers, we can benefit from a comparison between different suppliers, since:
In order to achieve certification to these standards, prior separation is necessary, which may consist of an initial internal audit. This would be basically focus on a documentary validation of the traceability system of each type of certified raw material from its reception to the dispatch of the finished product, passing through all the stages of product transformation and a verification of the maintenance of the necessary segregation systems between product categories.
Once the certification audit process has been passed, the company receives the license to use the FSC or PEFC Chain of Custody mark, as well as the logo to be used according to the standards defined for each norm and under the authorization of its certification body.
At RepaQ we have a great experience in this area, during 2020 we performed more than 50 audits. We can advise you to adapt your company to this new certification, contact us!