BMF ETIM working groups to agree terminology

24 March 2021

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) is forging ahead with implementation of the ETIM model of data classification which will ensure all users employ the same terms to describe the same attributes and values and thus simplify the process of transferring product information between manufacturer and merchant.

By April 1, six working groups will have met to agree terminology for the UK ETIM model for timber, bricks and blocks, insulation, paints and adhesives, cement, concrete and aggregates, plaster and plasterboard.

The implementation of ETIM is extremely timely as the proposed new Code for Construction Product Information is currently out for consultation and set to be introduced later this year. The new Code is designed to set a level playing field for all construction product manufacturers and ensure the product information they provide is clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous. Within the consultation document, ETIM is recognised as an appropriate means of organising and communicating product information.

NMBS and Travis Perkins plc have both confirmed that they are adopting and implementing the ETIM data model as part of their product data management process within their e-commerce systems.

“After an inevitable hiatus in the implementation process last year, we are determined to fast-track ETIM for building materials and HVAC products in 2021,” said John Newcomb, BMF chief executive officer. “I would like to thank every business participating in these important working groups. Their input is invaluable in developing the terminology for each product group that will quickly enable us to move to the next stage.”