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Third-party forest certification provides assurance to purchasers of paper and wood products that these goods come from well-managed and legally harvested forests. ANAB has accreditation programs for the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards.
A CB must be accredited by ANAB to perform SFI forest management certification audits prior to applying for ATFS accreditation.
ATFS is a base standard program in ANAB's fee schedule.
Please refer to the information about the accreditation process at How to Become an ANAB-Accredited Certification Body.
You can view the ATFS application in .pdf format to understand specific requirements but the application process must be completed online via ANAB's EQM database; first-time EQM users must register to create an account.
Available from the American Tree Farm System:
American Forest Foundation (AFF) 2015-2020 Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certification
2015-2020 ATFS Eligibility Requirements and Guidance for Certification
American Tree Farm System Sampling Procedures for Assessments
American Tree Farm System Tree Farm Inspection Record (ATFS Form 004 Revised 01/15)
2015-2020 American Tree Farm System Independently Managed Group (IMG) Standards
The following documents can be obtained at the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification:
PEFC ST 2001:2008, PEFC Logo Usage Rules - Requirements
PEFC Annex 6, Certification and Accreditation Procedures
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