China fully affirms the roles of forest certification in enhancing sustainability, improving forestry operations, promoting international market access , and maintaining and expanding market share for Chinese forest products in international markets.

The Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) has been issuing certificates in China since 1998, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) opened an office in Beijing in 2007.

In 1990s, China started to explore the development of its own forest certification system, reflecting its national context and forest conditions. In 2001, China launched work to build the national forest certification system; in 2007, it issued standards for certification of forest operations and for certification of production and chain of custody.

In 2010, the China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) was established and came into operation. On 5 February 2014, CFCC and PEFC agreed on mutual acceptance, indicating that PEFC had accepted CFCC's certification standards and operation rules.

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