The global operation will present on the EUTR at a seminar at the exhibition on the afternoon of September 25 and its personnel will advise visitors on the Regulation and its due diligence system on its stand (A15).

“The EUTR requirement to demonstrate that wood-based products are from a legal origin is a major challenge for the construction industry as it imports a vast range of products from many countries, and the Regulation implies that importers are expected to understand the regulation of each country they import from,” said Ken Smith, managing director of Bureau Veritas Certification UK and Ireland.

“The UK EUTR Competent Authority, the National Measurement Office, is already making inspections, so it is crucial that operators demonstrate conformity and their due diligence systems stand up to scrutiny. We will have experts on hand to advise on who the Regulation impacts and what they need to do to ensure conformity.”

Bureau Veritas has a worldwide network of 300 local auditors, covering all major exporting countries. It combines its due diligence services with FSC and PEFC certification.

“We’re looking forward to Timber Expo to discuss how [companies] can go beyond compliance with regulations and standards and improve performance,” said Mr Smith.