The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) is revising its current standard to develop the SFI 2015-2019 standard. This complete review of SFI’s program requirements and supporting documents every five years is consistent with international protocols for forest certification standard revision cycles, says SFI. The open and inclusive public process incorporates the latest scientific information, responds to emerging issues and ensures continuous improvement of SFI program requirements.

The SFI standard revision process includes two 60-day public comment periods (June 5 – August 6, 2013, and January 6 – March 6, 2014). This public comment period gives anybody the opportunity to submit comments to SFI on-line and it has reached out to 10,000 individuals and organizations to get the process started.

SFI-certified companies will have up to one year after a new standard is approved to implement all the new requirements and must demonstrate conformance to the new requirements at their next surveillance audit following the implementation period.

To submit a comment by August 6, visit the SFI website.

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