Furniture FSC Certification

FSC - EU Timber Regulation (995/2010) Summary

In March 2013 the EU Timber Regulation (995/2010) came into force. 

This rule forces any person, operator or company who imports products made of timber (including furniture, plywood, particle board and veneer) to confirm that the timber used has not come from illegal sources.

This regulation is designed to stop the importation and sales of timber based products in the European market that has come from illegal sources. This regulation will affect companies of all sizes, large and small, who are involved in the wood, timber and furniture industry.

The reason for the regulation is to ensure that timber comes from sustainable sources and ensures that protected forests are not exploited for their timber

The EU Timber Regulation (995/2010) includes three key requirements:

  • Products that originate from illegally cut timber or the timber itself, whether this timber comes from within the EU or outside the EU are prohibited from being sold in the European Union
  • FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified holders, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) or FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) licenced timber is accepted.  In all other aspects, operators who buy and sell domestic and imported timber and related products, including furniture, must exercise due diligence
  • Buyers and Sellers of Timber and its related products must keep records of their customers and suppliers. This will ensure that the supply chain is properly monitored and everything is traceable.