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Focus on EUTR compliance for third recorded training session

The EU Timber Regulation is the third focus in a series of recorded training developed by the Furniture Industry Research Association and is now available. This session joins the recently released training on REACH and biocides.

The EUTR training was developed by Mark Allison, Sustainability Consultant at FIRA International. The courses goes into detail on drivers for the Regulation; history of responsible timber; scope of the Regulation and product categorisation; operators, traders and placing on the market; the role of third party certification schemes and responsible timber purchasing - best practice.

Speaking on the training, Allison said “Although the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) was signed in 2010 and entered into force in March 2013, we still find some confusion within the market as to where responsibilities lay, and as prosecutions do happen, organisations need to ensure they are compliant. For offences related to traceability, record-keeping, obstruction of an inspector or notices of remedial action, an operator is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £5,000.

“Essentially, it is those who first place timber or timber products onto the European Market who must fulfil their obligations as operators under the legislation. These organisations must have a due diligence system that is compliant with the requirements of the EUTR. Operators must ensure that the risk of illegal timber has been properly assessed and demonstrate how they have mitigated risks of illegal timber within their supply chain.

“Through this new recorded training session, I aim to demystify aspects of the Regulations to support members of the Furniture Industry Research Association.”

Further sessions currently available in the recording suite includes:

The final two sessions in the current series will be:

  • Introduction to the domestic flammability regulations
  • Introduction to the contract flammability regulations

The ‘Introduction to the EU Timber Regulation’ training session is available to members of the Furniture Industry Research Association here.

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