INDEPENDENT CERTIFICATION BODIES

A cornerstone of the SFI program is third-party independent certification, which verifies that the requirements set out in the relevant SFI standard and supporting documents have been met.

Certification bodies must complete an accreditation program before they are approved to perform certification audits to any of the SFI Standards. A list of accredited certification bodies is posted below.

Organizations and forest managers wishing to make public claims regarding their SFI certification for forest management or fiber sourcing must first submit a summary of audit findings performed by an accredited third-party certification body. The summaries are prepared by the certification body and include general descriptions of conformities, non-conformities, corrective action plans, opportunities for improvement, and exceptional practices.

A certificate for forest management, fiber sourcing or chain of custody is issued only after the independent certification body determines a specific operation conforms to the relevant SFI requirements. Annual surveillance audits are mandatory on all certified operations. Full recertification audits are also required: for forest management and fiber sourcing certificates, every three years; and for chain-of-custody certificates, every five years.

As PEFC’s National Governing Body for the United States, SFI Inc issues annual notification contracts with accredited certification bodies for the PEFC chain of custody standard applied in the U.S. and the SFI Forest Management standard in both the U.S. and Canada.

Competent, accredited Independent certification bodies evaluate planning, procedures and processes in the forest, in the mill or in the plant to ensure they conform to SFI requirements – whether it is for the Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing or Chain-of-Custody Standard.

ACCREDITATION OF INDEPENDENT CERTIFICATION BODIES

The SFI program has several layers of oversight to support a rigorous and independent third-party certification audit. Certification bodies performing audits to the SFI Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing or Chain-of-Custody Standards must be independent, objective and qualified. Depending on the SFI Standard in question, these auditors must have completed an accreditation program through one or more of the following independent, international accreditation bodies:

  • ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB)
  • Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

ANAB and SCC are national members of the International Accreditation Forum.

ANAB has developed an accreditation program for certification bodies conducting audits to the SFI Forest Management Standard, the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard including Appendix 1 (Rules for Use of SFI Certified Sourcing Labels) and the SFI Chain of Custody Standard. Once a certification body successfully completes the accreditation application program, which includes an on-site audit and witness assessment process, it is granted accreditation by ANAB’s Accreditation Council. This gives it the right to use the ANAB accreditation mark on certificates it issues.

SCC delivers accreditations for certification bodies wishing to perform audits to the SFI Forest Management Standard; to the Fiber Sourcing Standard and its Appendix 1 (Rules for Use of SFI Certified Sourcing Label); and to the Chain-of-Custody Standard.

BM TRADA Certification North America, Inc.
Lynda Lawler
Operations Manager
239 New Road, Suite B207
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Phone: 973-434-7516
E-mail: Lynda.Lawler@bmtrada.com
Website: http://www.bmtrada.com/
Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ)
Isabelle Forcier
Technicienne – Soutien aux opérations
333, rue Franquet
Quebec City, QC G1P 4C7
Phone: 800-386-5114 (2456)
Fax:  418-652-2238
E-mail: Isabelle.Forcier@bnq.qc.ca
Website: www.bnq.qc.ca/en/
Bureau Veritas Certification
Daniel L. Sterling
Director of Business Development
500 7th Ave,
New York, NY 10018
Phone: +1 (346) 302-2263
Email: daniel.sterling@bureauveritas.com
Website: www.us.bureauveritas.com/bvc
Christina Neal
Operations Supervisor Mass Market
Phone: 281-310-3071
Mobile: 281-455-9300
Fax: 281-310-3101
Email: christina.neal@bureauveritas.com
Control Union Certification North America LLC
Daniel Montes
Program Coordinator 8211 West Broward Boulevard, Suite 430
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone: 954-547-5973
Email: dmontes@controlunion.com
Website: www.controlunion.com
DNV GL – Business Assurance, North America
Thomas Paraboschi
Digital Assurance, Supply Chain & Sustainability Services1400 Ravello Drive
Katy, TX 77493 USA
Phone: 239-887-9282
Email: thomas.paraboschi@dnvgl.com
Website: http://www.dnvgl.com
KPMG Performance Registrar Inc.
Maria Gutierrez Galeano
Administrative Assistant
777 Dunsmuir St. PO Box 10426, Pacific Centre
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7Y 1K3
Phone: 604-691-3173
Fax: 604-691-3031
E-mail: mggaleano@kpmg.ca
Website: www.kpmg.ca/performanceregistrar
NEPCon OÜ
(operating and trading as Preferred by Nature)
Janice O’Brien
Director, Forestry Services (US/Canada)
13 Jolina Court, Second Floor
PO Box 99
Richmond, Vermont 05477
United States of America
Phone: 905-730-8893
Email: Jobrien@preferredbynature.org
Website: www.preferredbynature.org
NSF Certification, LLC.
Daniel Freeman
Senior Project Manager, Sustainability
789 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
Phone: 734-214-6228
Email: dfreeman@nsf.org
Website: www.nsf.org
Orion Registrar, Inc.
Tina Tiu
U.S. & International Certificate Coordinator
7502 W. 80th Avenue, Suite 225
Arvada, CO 80003
Phone: 303-645-4008
Email: certificates@orion4value.com
Website: www.orion4value.com
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Cheryl Woode
Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change
250 Howe Street, Suite 1400
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6C 3S7
Phone: 604-806-7201
Mobile: 604-897-5053
E-mail: cheryl.l.woode@pwc.com
Shawn Ellsworth
Director, Risk Assurance Services
Phone: 604-806-7219
Mobile: 604-561-3395
E-mail: shawn.w.ellsworth@pwc.com
Website: www.pwc.com/forestry
SAI Global
Alexandra Chappel
Client Services Specialist
20 Carlson Court, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M9W 7K6
Phone: 647-925-1115
E-mail: Alexandra.Chappel@saiglobal.com
Website: www.saiassurance.com
SCS Global Services
Joseph Kochanski
Director, Sales & Marketing, Natural Resources Division
2000 Powell Street, Ste. 600
Emeryville, CA 94608
Office: 510-452-6394
Email: jkochanski@scsglobalservices.com
Website: https://www.scsglobalservices.com/services/forestry-and-chain-of-custody
SGS
Ron Wald
Systems & Services Certification
Chain of Custody Product Manager
SGS North America Inc.
Phone: (763) 280-1184
Email: Ronald.Wald@sgs.com
Website: https://www.sgsgroup.us.com/
Gregor Macintosh
Senior Director
Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
Senior Manager, Chain of Custody and Label Use
Tel: 613-274-0124
Gregor Macintosh
Senior Director
Tel: 778-351-3358
Rachel Dierolf
Senior Manager, Chain of Custody and Label Use
Tel: 613-274-0124