Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Joinery manufacturers get extra help for EU Timber Regulation compliance

Joinery businesses in the UK and their customers are receiving crucial support to understand and comply with the EU Timber Regulation via a set of tools produced by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force on 3 March. The new law is designed to stop illegally harvested timber from entering the European market, and it is now the responsibility of all companies in the timber trades to ensure their products and suppliers are legitimate or face the possibility of harsh penalties.

The BWF has created an online webinar on sourcing sustainable timber and covering the most frequently asked questions about the change in legislation. It covers why the EUTR is so important, what the responsibilities of operators and traders are, and offers advice about traceability, Chain of Custody certification, and other relevant documentation. The webinar is available to view on the new learning platform Building Academy, Wood Campus and on the BWF’s website and YouTube channel.

The BWF has also published EUTR template documents for use by its member firms, designed to ensure the necessary risk assessment strategies and record-keeping procedures are in place.

Ian McIlwee, chief executive of the BWF, said:
“For well informed businesses, compliance with the EU Timber Regulation is actually more straightforward than it sounds. In fact, most transactions made by BWF members and the majority of UK joinery businesses are probably already compliant with the EUTR. From a legal perspective, they do not require a due diligence system and need only comply with basic traceability requirements.

“But we do need firms to maintain due care and attention, and they need to be able to point clients to an easy-to-understand audiovisual guide too, to ensure that specifiers are not over-reacting or putting unreasonable demands on their joinery suppliers.”

The webinar is available to watch at:

BWF members can download the template documents at: www.bwf.org.uk/publications/environmental-and-waste-management

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