Accreditation for Forestry Standards

Third-party forest certification provides assurance to purchasers of paper and wood products that these goods come from well-managed and legally harvested forests. ANAB has accreditation programs for Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) standards.

A CB must be accredited by ANAB to perform SFI forest management certification audits prior to applying for ATFS accreditation.

SFI and ATFS are base standard programs in ANAB's fee schedule.

Please refer to the information about the accreditation process at How to Become an ANAB-Accredited Certification Body.


You can view the SFI and ATFS applications in .pdf format to understand specific requirements but the application process must be completed online via ANAB's EQM database; first-time EQM users must register to create an account.


Accreditation Requirements for Management Systems CBs

Also see requirements for EMS accreditation

Requirements for SFI

ANAB Accreditation Rule 26

Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2010-2014 Program Standards, Rules for label Use, Procedures, and Guidance, Including APQ (available from SFI Inc.)

Requirements for ATFS

ANAB Accreditation Rule 27

Available from the American Tree Farm System:

American Forest Foundation Standards of Sustainability for Forest Certifications Standard

National Interpretations Committee

Manual for Group Organizations, Group Managers, and Group Member 

AFF Board Approved Eligibility Requirements

ATFS Standard Operation Procedures for Group Certification

ATFS Process for Third-Party Certification of Individual Lands

The following documents can be obtained at the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification:

PEFC Logo Use Rules Annex 5 

PEFC Certification and Accreditation procedures Annex 6

Document 004 for Regional Group Certifications, maintained by each state ATFS program committee

List of ANAB Accredited CBs

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