NCCF’s Certification Guide for PEFC certified companies & CBs in India affected by restrictions due to COVID‐19
Due to the spread of COVID‐19 worldwide and consequent travel restrictions, affecting auditing activities, NCCF is issuing this guidance document in line with the guidance issued by PEFC, in order to give some flexibility to the certification bodies and certified companies affected by the restrictions, to take up and complete their work, within the framework prescribed by PEFC in such a situation.
The main approach to ease the consequences of travel restrictions is to follow the remote audits, and where this is not sufficient, the extension of the time period affecting the certificate is to be given. This guidance is originally developed by PEFC, based on IAF documents and the recently revised PEFC requirements for CBs operating CoC audits: PEFC ST 2003:2020. This guidance enters into force and can be applied by CBs from the date of publication (06.04.2020) and is applicable until NCCF revokes the guidance.