Forest management certification
Metrosert is recognized according to PEFC rules as a forest management certification authority. Metrosert certifies the following:
- Forest management via individual certification of forest owners’ activity
- Forest management through the use of regional or group certification
A certificate issued by Metrosert states that a forest management company has implemented the PEFC and Estonian Forest Certification standard and abides by their requirements.
BASIC CERTIFICATION DOCUMENTS
- PEFC regulations
- Estonian Forest Certification Standard
STAGES OF CERTIFICATION
Requesting a quote
The amount of work related to certification is calculated in auditor-days, based on the size and location of the forested land to be certified and, in the case of group certification, on the number of forest owners to be certified. Organizations that accept the terms of the quote are signed to a certification agreement.
A competent team carries out the certification audit to verify conformity to the standards. The certification audit has two stages. In stage I, the adequacy of documentation is assessed and any ambiguities are resolved. A report on stage I of the audit is presented along with description of non-conformities found.
Stage II of the certification audit is carried out no later than three months after stage I of the audit is completed.The agreed number of forest properties is visited in the course of the audit. Findings made during the audit are analysed together with the forest owner, determining the impact of the findings on the performance of the client’s activities. The results of the certification audit are presented to the client as a written report. The client has three months to eliminate the non-conformities.
Issuing the certificate
The certificate is issued after all non-conformities found in the certification audit are eliminated. The certificate remains in force for five years. Regularly held surveillance audits during the term of validity of the certificate verify the forest owner’s conformity to the requirements. Certification and surveillance audit reports are also presented to the Estonian Forest Certification Council.
During the term of validity of the certificate, surveillance audits are held every 12 months. The results of the surveillance audit are presented to the client as a written report. The client has three months to eliminate the non-conformities. New forest owners can be added to group certificates in the course of the surveillance audit.
Renewing a certificate
The term of validity of an issued certificate can be extended every five years. To extend the term of validity of the certificate, a new certification audit must be conducted.
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