The EU Timber Regulation requires those first placing timber on the internal market (‘operators’) to exercise ‘due diligence’ when doing so. To assist operators in that regard the Timber Regulation allows for the recognition of a new type of organisation in the timber trade, a ‘monitoring organisation’, to create and maintain suitable due diligence systems. The process by which a monitoring organisation is recognised and the criteria used to determine eligibility, go to the heart of the robust, effective functioning of the Timber Regulation. While set out in outline by the Timber Regulation, these provisions must now be developed by delegated act by 3 March 2012.

This briefing expands upon the importance of the delegated act establishing clear, detailed and transparent processes and sets out recommendations of specific points for inclusion.

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Published June 1, 2011
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