PEFC UK have developed a new online certification system which is designed to assist Group Managers and small to medium-sized woodland owners to participate in forest certification and to become PEFC certified.

The new system aims to provide a simple and cost-effective solution to assist the UK’s Group Managers and small to medium-sized private forest owners to understand what is required to meet the UKWAS criteria and to maintain certification effectively. It was originally developed with assistance from the PEFC International’s Collaboration Fund, to help increase the UK’s certified forest area and boost the supply of certified material to the UK primary processing sector and its customers. A full revision of the system has been undertaken during 2019 so that the improved tool could be released in 2020 in line with UKWAS 4.