The EU Timber Regulations Glossary and Related Definitions

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By now you have likely read through the previous posts on the EUTR series, this post goes through some of the most popular terminology and definitions you will need to understand when reviewing the regulation and how you proceed from here.

See our other posts here…

  1. What are the EU Timber Regulations? (see post here)
  2. EUTR Due Diligence System Requirements (see post here)
  3. What are the EUTR Traceability and Database Requirements? (see post here)
  4. Potential Costs for EU Timber Regulations Certification (see post here)
  5. EU Timber Regulations Inclusions List (see post here)
  6. EU Timber Regulations Glossary and Related Definitions (see post here)

Definitions

A

  • AF&PA: American Forest and Paper Association, find out more here
  • AHEC: American Hardwood Export Council, find out more here.
  • Applicable legislation: the legislation in force in the country of harvest covering the following matters
    • Rights to harvest timber within legally gazetted boundaries; 
    • Payments for harvest rights and timber including duties related to timber harvesting;
    • Timber harvesting, including environmental and forest legislation including forest management and biodiversity conservation, where directly related to timber harvesting
    • Third parties’ legal rights concerning use and tenure that are affected by timber harvesting;
    • Trade and customs, in so far as the forest sector is concerned.

B

C

  • CAP: Corrective Action Plan
  • Country of harvest: the country or territory where the timber or the timber embedded in the timber products was harvested
  • CPET: Central Point of Expertise on Timber, find out more here
  • CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility is the behaviour and activities of organisations regarding their involvement in economic, social and environmental sustainability.

D

  • DEFRA: Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, find out more here. 
  • Due Diligence: Ensuring an organisation takes all the necessary steps to meet the requirements of the EUTR, mitigating the risks associated with illegal timber sourcing.

E

  • ETTF: European Timber Trade Federation, find out more here.
  • EUTR: European Timber Regulations, find out more here. 

F

  • Fibreboard: Fibreboard is a wood product made from wood fibres. Different types of fibreboard include particle board or low-density fibreboard, medium-density fibreboard (MDF), and hardboard (high-density fibreboard, HDF).
  • FLEGT: Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade, find out more here.
  • FSC: Forest Stewardship Council, find out more here.

G

  • GFTN: Global Forest Trade Network, find out more  here.

H

I

  • Illegally harvested: harvested in contravention of the applicable legislation in the country of harvest

J

K

L

  • Legally harvested: harvested in accordance with the applicable legislation in the country of harvest
  • Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL):LVL is a wood product that uses multiple layers of thin wood joined with adhesives. It can be used for headersbeamsrimboard, and edge-forming material. 

M

  • MDF: Medium Density Fibreboard
  • Modern Slavery Act: The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was established by the United Kingdom Parliament. It is applicable to both England and Wales. It is designed to combat modern slavery in the UK, mitigate risk and manage offences relating to human trafficking and slavery. Find out more here.

N

O

  • Operator: any natural or legal person that places timber or timber products on the market

P

  • Particleboard: Particle board is low-density fibreboard (LDF), and chipboard – a wood product manufactured from wood chips, sawmill shavings, or sawdust, and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded.
  • PEFC: Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, find out more here.
  • Placing on the market: the supply by any means, irrespective of the selling technique used, of timber or timber products for the first time on the internal market for distribution or use in the course of a commercial activity, whether in return for payment or free of charge.
  • Plywood: Plywood is a material manufactured from thin layers or “plies” of wood veneer that are glued together with adjacent layers having their wood grain rotated up to 90 degrees to one another. It is an engineered wood from the family of manufactured boards which includes medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and particle board (chipboard).

Q

R

S

  • Softwood: Softwood is wood from gymnosperm trees such as conifers, as well as Amborella. The term is opposed to hardwood, which is the wood from angiosperm trees. 
  • SGS: SGS is a leading inspection and testing organisation, find out more here.

T

  • TFT: Tropical Forest Trust, find out more here.
  • Trader: any natural or legal person who, in the course of a commercial activity, sells or buys on the internal market timber or timber products already placed on the internal market
  • TPP:Timber Procurement Policy, find out more here.
  • Track Record Global: Track Record specialise in compliance related services to help organisations manage and mitigate the risks in their supply chain. Find out more here.

U

V

W

  • Wood veneerveneer refers to thin slices of wood and sometimes bark, usually thinner than 3 mm (1/8 inch), that typically are glued onto core panels to produce flat panels or edging, typically for doors, cabinets, table surfaces or parts of furniture items.

X

Y

Z

Find out more on the EU Timber Regulations Requirements and responsibilities through our EUTR series:

  1. What are the EU Timber Regulations? (see post here)
  2. EUTR Due Diligence System Requirements (see post here)
  3. What are the EUTR Traceability and Database Requirements? (see post here)
  4. Potential Costs for EU Timber Regulations Certification (see post here)
  5. EU Timber Regulations Inclusions List (see post here)
  6. EU Timber Regulations Glossary and Related Definitions (see post here)

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