The Vietnam Forest Certification Office (VFCO) is the organization implementing the National Forest Certification Scheme (VFCS) under Decision No. 1288/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister. VFCS was recognized by The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in August 2019. Implementation of sustainable forest management and forest certification is an important goal of the forestry sector in the period from 2021 to 2030 and a vision to 2050, directly contributing to Vietnam’s goals of sustainable development and efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, especially achieving goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

VFCO’s vision is to promote sustainable forest management and forest certification in Vietnam, ensuring enhancement and improvement of economic, environmental, and social benefits for sustainable development. Sustainable forest management and forest certification aims at the followings:

  • Compliance with Vietnamese legal regulations and international requirements
  • Meeting growing market demand for timber produced and supplied from sustainable forest management certified areas
  • Ensuring that Vietnamese imported wood and wood-based products can approach international markets
  • Sustainable management and use of forest resources, biodiversity conservation, maintenance and enhancement of ecosystem services, mitigation and adaptation to climate change
  • Increasing income for forest owners and adding value for the forestry industry
  • Ensure stakeholders benefits from forestry production, processing, and trading.


  • Manage and organize implementation activities for sustainable forest certification management of non-timber forest products, legal timber, chain of custody products, and ecosystem services according to Vietnamese regulations and the international certification system.
  • Develop and issue standards, guidelines, and procedures for sustainable forest management certification regarding the chain of custody of wood and forest products and other relevant standards specified by law.
  • Manage and use human, financial, property, and other resources domestically and internationally to carry out the tasks of sustainable forest certification management under the law.
  • Cooperate with Vietnam Bureau of Accreditation (BoA), International Certification Organizations and related organizations to implement forest related certification management according to national and international standards.
  • Organize and joint training auditors and experts for certification bodies regarding forest related certification.
  • Organize training courses for forest owners, forestry management agencies and stakeholders; organize conferences, seminars, and other events related to sustainable forest management and certification.
  • Manage and license trademarks and logo use for certified organizations.
  • Monitor and supervise forest certification activities; resolve disputes and complaints related to sustainable forest management and chain of custody of timber and forest product.
  • Participate in the development of policies, strategies, legal documents and guidelines formulation related to sustainable forest management and forest certification.

Organization and Personnel

VFCO consists of 15 people responsible for the management and operation of the National Forest Certification Scheme. The organizational structure of VFCO includes Leaderships, Technical Department, General and Administration Department, Technical Advisory Council, and Dispute and Complaint Settlement Council. 


The leading members of VFCO include:

Dr. Vu Tan Phuong


MSc. Nguyen Hoang Tiep

Vice Director

MSc. Nguyen Van Truong

General Division Manager

Ms. Vuong Hai Yen

General Division

Ms.Phung Hoang Khanh Linh

General Division

Ms. Le Vu Hong Nhung

Technical Division

Mr. Pham Duy Quang

Technical Division
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