PEFC suspends PEFC Russia

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The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) has announced the suspension of the Russian National Voluntary Forest Certification System (FCR).

The suspension was initiated by PEFC International Board, in mutual agreement with PEFC Russia, and will take effect from 11 Aug 2022-31 Dec 2022.

This means that certificates issued against the FCR are no longer PEFC recognised as of 11 Aug, applying to both forest management and chain of custody certificates. Certified organisations are therefore prohibited from using PEFC claims and label, and cannot sell material as PEFC certified.

The suspension is intended to preserve the conditions for a successful long-term cooperation with PEFC Russia, to support sustainable forest management in the Russian Federation in light of the current political situation.