To support certified entities and certification bodies during the COVID-19 challenge, PEFC has extended the transition period for our three revised international standards by six months.
This extension applies to the 2020 versions of the Chain of Custody (ST 2002), PEFC Trademarks (ST 2001) and Certification Body Requirements - Chain of Custody (ST 2003) standards. The transition date is now 14 February 2022.
This extension gives certified entities and certification and accreditation bodies an additional six months to align their procedures with the requirements in the 2020 versions of these three vital standards. The aim of the extension is to give our stakeholders more flexibility in when they move to the 2020 standards, as PEFC understands the current situation is very difficult for many companies around the world.
In addition to this extension, PEFC has also provided guidance to certified entities and certification bodies regarding auditing.