PEFC suspends two states in Malaysia

PEFC International expresses concerns over labor conditions in Malaysian timber sector

Timbernews has been contacted by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) after tweeting several photos of shocking labor conditions in the Malaysian timber sector. MTCC was informed by PEFC International since the regarding photos showed violations of social requirements at PEFC certified companies. MTCC is the national governing body for PEFC International in Malaysia and was not aware of these alleged violations.
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pefc suspends two states in Malaysia

After all the perils regarding the suspension of the Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Johor State Forest Management Unit (FMU) the news was broken that the Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Kelantan State FMU (FMC 005) against the requirements of MC&I(Natural Forest) have been suspended as well. SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. made this decision after the Kelantan State FMU failed to close a major Corrective Action Request (CAR) following the second surveillance audit carried out by SIRIM QAS International Sdn. Bhd. It is required that any major non-conformity raised must be adequately addressed within the given time for the FMU to maintain its certification.

In light of the above development, all logs sourced from the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRFs) in the Kelantan State FMU beginning 11 March 2016 (i.e. all logs accompanied by Removal Passes issued dated 11 March 2016 and onwards) will not be recognised as PEFC certified material under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). Nevertheless, the logs originating from Kelantan State FMU can be accepted as PEFC Controlled Sources, provided that a due diligence system has been implemented and does not involve sourcing of logs from conversion areas.

Suspension of Forest Management Certificate for Johor State FMU

Shortly after the Malaysian Timber Certification Council was awarded by PEFC for the third highest increase in the number of certified companies through COC-certification in 2015, it was announced that the Certificate for Forest Management issued to the Johor State Forest Management Unit (FMU) has been suspended and that all logs will not be recognised as PEFC certified material. SGS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd made this decision after the Johor State FMU failed to close a major Corrective Action Request (CAR) following the re-certification audit carried out by SGS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. It is required that any major non-conformity raised must be adequately addressed and closed-out before the FMU can be re-certified.

In light of the above development, all logs sourced from the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRFs) in the Johor State FMU beginning 1 January 2016 (i.e. all logs accompanied by Removal Passes issued dated 1 January 2016 and onwards) will not be recognised as PEFC certified material under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS). This suspension applies until the Major CAR is closed-out and the FMU is awarded with a new Certificate for Forest Management.

PEFC is the world's largest forest certification scheme, with two-thirds of all certified forests globally certified to PEFC. By obtaining the CoC certification, Yong said, timber and timber-related companies not only help protect the forests but also gain better market position and positive brand image for their products as well as improved access to the global market.