The new guidance, known as PAS 2021, Exercising due diligence in establishing the legal origin of timber and timber products – Guide to Regulation (EU) No 995/2010, has been developed to help the timber industry meet the impending EU timber regulation (EUTR) which comes into effect on 3 March next year.
Despite global work to promote responsible forest management and trade, the trade in wood and paper from illegal or controversial sources continues; hence the introduction of the EUTR.
PAS 2021 aims to:
- help organizations identify if they are affected by the new regulation and their obligations
- help organizations develop and implement a due diligence system to minimize the risk of illegal timber in supply chains
- describe good practices for responsible trade in timber and timber products that go beyond the minimum requirements of the Regulation
PAS 2021 will be of significance to any organisation that places timber or timber products (including materials made from pulp and paper) on the EU market.