Portman Hart

Quality & Environmental Management Consultants

Portman Hart Approach

Portman Hart are Quality Management specialists with many years experience assisting with Quality System development, maintenance and improvement. A significant component of our work is assistance with the development and implementation of Chain of Custody Management Systems.

References can be supplied.

FSC & PEFC Chain of Custody

Consultancy Services

Chain of Custody certification is a timber and timber products traceability system that ensures that certified products come from well managed sources.

 The chain starts at the forest, ensuring that our natural environment is maintained and is followed through every link of the chain through to the end user.

There are two separate, but very similar, Chain of Custody schemes or routes through to certification.

They are published by,

· The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) scheme. The PEFC is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation which promotes sustainably managed forests. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
PEFC is a global umbrella organisation for the assessment of and mutual recognition of national forest certification schemes developed in a multi-stakeholder process.

· The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) scheme. FSC is an international organization that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.

Both organisations look to independent third party certification bodies to carry out the certification process.