Certification Scope

The National Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS) certifies sustainable forest management according to VFCS/PEFC ST 1003:2019, VFCS/PEFC ST 1004:2019 and the chain of custody of products according to PEFC standards. These standards are provided under “Standards and Guidelines”. 

In addition, VFCS and PEFC will develop standards for certifying carbon benefits, non timber forest products (NTFPs) and other forest based ecosystem services.

Certification Bodies

Certification body (CB) is a third-party conformity assessment organization that implements a certification scheme. CBs who perform the services of certification of sustainable forest management under the Vietnam Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS) and certification of Chain of Custody under the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC CoC) shall meet the requirements of the standards: VFCS/PEFC ST 1006: 2022 (Download here) and PEFC ST 2003:2020 standard (Download here).

Eligible certification bodies can apply to be notified to implement the certification services with the Vietnam Forest Certification Office (VFCO). The process of CB notification is carried out according to the VFCS/PEFC GD 1007:2022 guideline (Download here).

Accredited Certification Bodies

The following certification bodies are accredited to provide certification services under the National Forest Certification Scheme.

Hanoi GFA Consulting Group GmbH Resident Office

Address

54 Le Van Huu, Phan Chu Trinh, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phone

+84 24 3943 0752/ Fax : 84 24 3943 2502

Email

t.nguyen@gfa-cert.com

Website

https://www.gfa-group.de

Certification scope

VFCS/PEFC FM and PEFC CoC

Contact person

Nguyen Thi Tu Anh – Southeast Asia Coordinator

Bureau Veritas Certification Vietnam Co., Ltd

Address

Representative office

36-38 Nguyen Van Troi Street, Ward 15, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

6th Floor, Hong Ha Center Building, 25 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Phone

+84 986 858 300 (Mr. Thien)

+84 915 678 066 (Ms. Quynh)

Email

thien.dinh@bureauveritas.com

quynh.dang@bureauveritas.com

Website

https://www.bureauveritas.vn

Certification scope

VFCS/PEFC FM and PEFC CoC

Contact person

Dang Thu Quynh – Business Development Manager – Ha Noi

Dinh Ngoc Thien – Business Development Manager – Ho Chi Minh

SGS Vietnam Co., Ltd

Address

198 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3, HCM City, Vietnam

Phone

+ 84 28 39351920

Email

sgs.vietnam@sgs.com

Website

https://www.sgs.com

Certification scope

VFCS/PEFC FM and PEFC CoC

Contact person

Nguyen Thi Nam Tran – Manager

TÜV SÜD Czech S.R.O/ Representative in Vietnam: TÜV SÜD VIETNAM Co., Ltd

Address

Representative office

Novodvorska 994/138, 142 21 Praha 4, Czech Republic

 Lot III-26, 19/5A Street, Industry Group III, Tan Binh Industrial Park, Tay Thanh Ward, Tan Phu District, HCM City

Phone

(+420) 602 125 730 (TÜV SÜD Czech)

(+84) 28 6267 8507 (TÜV SÜD Vietnam)

Email

ludek.maryska@tuvsud.com (TÜV SÜD Czech)

info.vn@tuvsud.com (TÜV SÜD Vietnam)

Website

https://www.tuvsud.com 

Certification scope

PEFC CoC

Contact person

Maryska, Ludek – Product Manager (TÜV SÜD Czech)
Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong – Business Assurance Sales Manager (TÜV SÜD Vietnam)

Vinacontrol CE Jsc.

Address

54 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Nguyen Du Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Ha Noi City, Vietnam

Phone

(+84) 24 3944 8089

Email

vnce@vnce.vn

Website

https://www.vnce.vn

Certification scope

VFCS/PEFC FM and PEFC CoC

Contact person

Mr. Do Thinh Thang – Director

VFCS and PEFC Trademarks Usage

The logos of VFCS and PEFC are registered for protection in Vietnam and over the world. VFCO is the agency that manages and grants the right to use VFCS and PEFC logos to certified organizations and individuals (for SFM, CoC) in Vietnam. Organizations and individuals licensed to use logo trademarks must fully comply with the requirements of VFCS and PEFC. The detailed regulations on the use of trademarks include:

  • VFCS/PEFC ST 1008:2022 – VFCS and PEFC trademarks usage rules
  • VFCS/PEFC GD 1009:2022 – Issuance of VFCS and PEFC trademarks use license
  • PEFC ST 2001:2020 – PEFC Trademarks Rules – Requirements

Tariffs of notification fees

The following table presents the VFCS’ tariffs of notification fees applied to individuals and organizations who are certified under the VFCS for sustainable forest management and PEFC for Chain of Custody. The tariffs of notification fees are valid from 01/01/2022 to 31/12/2025.

The annual turnover of organizations and individuals supplying and processing wood and forest products participating in PEFC CoC certification is determined as follows:

  • Calculating as the total annual turnover from activities related to forest products (timber, wood-based products and non-timber forest products, including both certified and noncertified products) according to the latest audited fiscal year report at the time of certification audit.
  • If a CoC entity achieves multi-sites certificate, the fee is calculated on the total revenue of the certified sites within the scope of CoC certificate.
wdt_ID Items of charges Units Charge, including VAT (VND)
1 1. Notification of certification body
2 Assessment of application documents VND/application 5,000,000
3 2. Notification fees for certified sustainable forest management
4 2.1. Forest owners as organizations VND/ha/year 400
5 2.2. Forest owners as smallholders VND/ha/year 150
6 3. Notification fees for certified CoC according to annual turnover
7 3.1. Under 10 billions Vietnam Dong VND/CoC/year 4,000,000
8 3.2. From 10 to 20 billions Vietnam Dong VND/CoC/year 5,000,000
9 3.3. From over 20 to 50 billions Vietnam Dong VND/CoC/year 8,000,000
10 3.4. From over 50 to 100 billions Vietnam Dong VND/CoC/year 12,000,000
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