SAFAS Standards and Policies

Standards and Policies



The National Governing Body for the Sustainable African Forest Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) in the role of the Standard development body for the revision of the SAFAS standard, announces the working group members.
Date: 19/06/2024


Opportunity to Participate in the Development of a PEFC Forest Management Standard For Eswatini

Eswatini is commencing the development of a national forest certification standard. In doing so it is joining South Africa as part of a regional forest certification programme, under the banner of SAFAS (Sustainable African Forest Assurance Scheme). The scheme is open to applications from countries in the SADC region. SAFAS aims to have its regional scheme endorsed by the PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification)


PEFC ST 2001-2008 v2 : PEFC Logo usage 2010-11-26

Products with PEFC claim and / or label deliver confidence that raw material originates in sustainably managed forest. The PEFC Council provides endorsement of national forest certification schemes which are required to comply with the PEFC Council requirements subject to regular evaluations. The document had been developed in an open, transparent, consultative and consensus based process covering a broad range of stakeholders.


SAFAS 1 2017 : Statutes

Statutes of the SAFAS Council


SAFAS 2 2024 : Standard Setting Procedures

This document contains the procedures for setting, recording and revising the SAFAS Standard.


SAFAS 3 2017 : Standard Setting Report

The objective of this report is to provide a description of the process followed during the development of the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme’s Standard for responsible forestry management in order to demonstrate compliance with the SAFAS Standard Setting Procedures (SAFAS 5:2017).


SAFAS 5 2018 : Group Certification Procedures

This document was adopted by the SAFAS Council on 2018-05-22. This standard includes implementation of the SAFAS forest certification system for individuals and groups.


SAFAS 6 2018 : Accreditation & Certification Procedures

This document outlines the accreditation and certification procedures for Certification Bodies for forest management certification under SAFAS 4: 2017 - Forest Management Standard. Chain of Custody certification procedures for Certification Bodies are included in the PEFC ST 2003.


SAFAS 7 2020 : Notification

This procedural document describes procedures for the issuance of notification by the SAFAS NGB to certification bodies operating:

  1. Forest Management certification against the requirements of the SAFAS, and/or
  2. Chain of Custody certification in South Africa according to PECF ST 2002:2013 This procedural document was approved by the SAFAS Council and shall be applied for all certification bodies carrying out forest management and/or chain of custody certification against the SAFAS.

SAFAS 8 2018 : Logo use

This procedural document sets out the rules for the issuance of PEFC logo use licenses to ensure legally compliant use of the PEFC Logo in accordance with the PEFC Logo usage rules – requirements, PEFC ST 2001:2008.


SAFAS 9 2018 : Dispute resolution

This procedure document describes the procedures for complaints and appeals to the SAFAS council which concern decisions and/or activities related to SAFAS, including standard setting, interpretation of the SAFAS standards, logo usage licencing and notification of certification bodies.


SAFAS 4 2018 : The SAFAS Forest Management Standard

This standard is part of the South African Forestry Assurance Scheme (SAFAS) and sets out the criteria for forest certification. It was a goal of SAFAS to develop a standard that could be used to measure responsible plantation forestry in South Africa and to ensure that the requirement absolutely reflect sound forestry practice.


PEFC ST 2002-2020 : The PEFC Chain of Custody Standard

The PEFC Council provides mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes and defines an international chain of custody standard (PEFC ST 2002:2020) and rules for the usage of the PEFC Logo (PEFC ST 2001:2008). The PEFC Council requires that chain of custody certification shall be carried out by certification bodies who are accredited by accreditation bodies that are signatories of the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for product certification of IAF.

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