SFI Program Participants certified to the Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing and/or Chain-of-Custody Standards are required to undergo annual surveillance audits by independent and accredited certification bodies to deliver ongoing conformance. To maintain a current forest management, fiber sourcing, and/or chain-of-custody certificate, certified Program Participants must undergo a full recertification audit every five years.
Program Participants must provide a public audit summary to SFI Inc. following a certification, recertification, or surveillance audit to the Forest Management or Fiber Sourcing Standard. They must submit the summary, to be posted on the SFI website, before they can make any public claims or statements about the audit. These public audit summaries must be prepared by the independent certification body.