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 Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) standards.
A CB must conform to ISO/IC 17021 and be accredited for ISO 14001 by ANAB or a signatory of the IAF MLA for environmental management systems prior to applying for SFI accreditation. A CB must also be accredited by ANAB (or the Standards Council of Canada) to perform SFI 2005-2009 forest management certification audits prior to applying for ATFS accreditation.
SFI and ATFS are base standard programs 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 SFI and ATFS applications 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.
Also see requirements for EMS accreditation
Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2010-2014 Program Standards, Rules for label Use, Procedures, and Guidance, Including APQ (available from SFI Inc.)
Available from the American Tree Farm System:
American Forest Foundation Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certifications Standard
National Interpretations Committee
Manual for Group Organizations, Group Managers, and Group Member
AFF Board Approved Eligibility Requirements
ATFS Standard Operation Procedures for Group Certification
ATFS Process for Third-Party Certification of Individual Lands
The following documents can be obtained at the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification:
PEFC Logo Use Rules Annex 5
PEFC Certification and Accreditation procedures Annex 6
Document 004 for Regional Group Certifications, maintained by each state ATFS program committee
For more information, contact