EU timber regulations - A summary of the requirements and implications (Version 2)

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Internationally a great deal of work is being done to improve forestry and harvesting practices. It is recognised that good forest management can contribute to climate change mitigation, provide environmental benefits as well as social, political and economic betterment.

In order to combat the international trade in illegal timber the European Commission has created new legislation to prevent illegal wood from being placed onto the market in the European Union. The regulation will come into force in 2013 and applies to timber and timber based products that are produced both within the EU and imported into the Member States from outside the EU.

This Construction Briefing sets out which products are covered by the EU Timber Regulations, the obligations of those who trade in timber or timber based products and provides guidance that will allow companies to prepare for implementing the requirements of the EUTR.

This sheet also discusses the roles played by other certification schemes alongside the EUTR and how the EUTR will be enforced.



  • Timescales
  • Requirements of EUTR
    • Overview
    • Products
    • Requirements of Operators and Traders
    • Due diligence process
           - Information
           - Risk assessment procedures
           -Risk mitigation
    • Monitoring organisation
  • Certification and other schemes
    • Role of FLEGT and CITES in EUTR
  • Enforcement and penalties

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