About us



The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence on the specification and use of timber and wood products.

TRADA is a company limited by guarantee and not-for-profit membership-based organisation. TRADA’s origins go back over 80 years and its name is synonymous with independence and authority. Its position in the industry is unique with a diverse membership encompassing companies and individuals from around the world and across the entire wood supply chain, from producers, merchants and manufacturers, to architects, engineers and end users.

To provide members with the highest quality information on timber and wood products to enable them to maximise the benefits that timber can provide.

See for a fuller description of our goals and aims.

We seek to achieve this aim through active and on-going programmes of information, promotion and research. Information is provided through this website, an extensive collection of printed materials and our training courses.

Promotion is undertaken through our website, key exhibitions throughout the year, PR, newsletters and seminars.




BM TRADA is a testing, inspection and certification group and prior to 1994 was wholly owned by TRADA. It is TRADA’s appointed provider for its Research and Information Programmes and for the administration of its membership services. BM TRADA also provides a wide range of commercial and training services to TRADA members and to the timber and construction industries. Details of these services are provided at www.bmtrada.com.

A full brochure of BM TRADA's 2014 training programme is available here.