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An overview of legality verification systems

- | 2011 | Proforest

There are several legality verification systems operating; these systems are not approved forest certification schemes like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes (PEFC), but may be used to ensure legality and traceability of wood and timber products. This briefing note aims to provide an overview of the voluntary legality verification systems available at the beginning of 2011 and provide clarification on NGO initiatives. Furthermore, it provides advice on their relation to meeting the UK Government public procurement policy and the EU Illegal Timber Regulation.