Exploring EUTR Due Diligence System Requirements

EU Timber regulations
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Traceable Timber Supply.

All businesses with a timber supply chain must have an appropriate Due Diligence System set up to trace all timber products within the scope. The regulation outlines 3 key inputs required for a Due Diligence System.

1. Information 

2. Risk Assessment

3. Risk Mitigation

Information to Retrieve.

Accessing information is probably the biggest headache you will face in the EUTR due diligence process. Obtaining accurate, reliable information within the last 12 months can be challenging.

You may choose to simply document your supply chain in a spreadsheet with names and addresses. If you want to go a step further (highly recommended), gathering document evidence is a worthwhile exercise.

Depending on the extent of your due diligence system, you may not only need to retrieve this information, but you will need to take the appropriate measures to verify and the documentation received is legitimate and applicable to the specific timber in your supply chain.

For example, if you claim to provide certified timber e.g. FSC or PEFC, you will need traceable evidence that the timber is certified all the way through the chain. If the chain is broken at any point, or you are unable to verify that there has been no contamination of uncertified timber, you will not be able to legitimatly claim your timber is certified.

Risk Assessment 

The risk assessment is an analysis of the information provided against the relevant criteria.

  • Compliance to legislation
  • Prevalence of illegal harvesting of the tree species 
  • Practices in the country of harvest 
  • Accounting for the complexity of the supply chain.

Risk Mitigation

If you establish the risk is greater than negligible, appropriate mitigation steps must be taken. Additional information or third party assistance may be required. You must hold records to demonstrate how the information obtained was checked against your risk criteria, how specific decisions were made (including concluding the degree of risk) and the details of the measures that were taken. 

Learn more about EUTR

If you would like to learn more about EUTR, we have a free training course that outlines the requirements of the EU Timber Regulations, defines roles and responsibilities, obligations and ways to manage the tasks.

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