Forestry & Timber Certification

& Timber

Forests are crucial to the maintaining of our planet’s environmental equilibrium. Companies using wood products, such as paper, furniture and timber, must demonstrate a commitment to sustainable sourcing of products, services and suppliers.

Preserving forests is an environmental must: trees absorb CO2, reduce flooding, minimize soil erosion and provide crucial, biodiverse habitats for innumerable species. Preventing deforestation by adopting responsible timber sourcing practices is key to preserving land, wildlife and the water cycle.

By certifying your supply chain and production processes, you can send a powerful message about your commitment to sustainable forestry product sourcing. Bureau Veritas provides independent third-party certification to several dedicated forest and timber standards. The process helps you achieve legal compliance, mitigate risk, and contribute to global efforts to protect forests.

Chain of Custody Certification for Wood Products

What is Chain of Custody Certification?

From logs to end consumers, throughout the timber value chain, Chain of Custody certification proves that the timber being used originates from sustainably-managed forests.

Chain of Custody certification is a voluntary process to ensure that wood products or wood-based products are from certified forests thanks to strict tracking requirements throughout the value chain.

Chain of Custody certification can grant your organisation key access to many key international markets.



    for sustainable forestry product and timber sourcing


    of timber and forest products


    with internationally recognised certification


    to sustainable business practices to clients, stakeholders and suppliers


    maintain biodiversity and help protect the environment

PEFC™ : Managing risk for sustainable forestry

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) determines that your forest management processes are ethical and sustainable. PEFC’s risk-management approach to forest product procurement allows you to identify and overcome risks in your supply chain. Bureau Veritas provides internationally recognised certification to PEFC ™ standards.

The certification process to PEFC-endorsed standards is not carried out by the PEFC itself but by accredited independent third parties such as Bureau Veritas Certification. 

FSC®: Going the extra mile in sustainable forestry

The FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an independent, not-for-profit NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests and was founded in 1993. Forest Management is a voluntary standard that supports sustainable forestry management and timber product creation. Bureau Veritas offers Chain of Custody certification, which guarantees the environmentally and socially responsible origins of forest products. 

Bureau Veritas Certification, as an independent Certification Body accredited by ASI to deliver Chain of Custody Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification, will be contracted by companies to perform an audit according to the requirements of FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 (“Requirements for Sourcing FSC® Controlled Wood”). The standard FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 covers purchase of timber that is not FSC® certified and requires that certified organisation concerned puts in place a Due Diligence System in order to avoid material from unacceptable sources.

The five FSC® Controlled Wood categories of unacceptable sources as well as definitions of FSC® Controlled Wood are described in the FSC® standard for Controlled Wood FSC-STD-40-005 V3-1 that is available here.

Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme (AWPCS) for export

Wood packaging such as pallets, dunnage, crating, packing blocks, drums, cases, spools bulk heads, load boards, pallet collars, and skids used in the transport of commodities during export are often made from unprocessed raw wood. Packaging of this nature provides a pathway for the introduction and spread of pests and diseases and therefore poses a significant plant health risk.

The AWPCS is a Certification Scheme that ensures that Australian treatment providers and wood packaging manufacturers produce wood packaging material that meets the ISPM 15 Standard for exports.

To meet the requirements of ISPM 15, all wood packaging material shall undergo either heat treatment or fumigation with methyl bromide. To verify that treatment has occurred and to provide traceability to the country of origin, an internationally recognised ISPM 15 Certification Mark shall be applied to the treated wood packaging.

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