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:

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

ANSI, 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 and Fiber Sourcing 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.

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