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Certification Scheme Selection Survey - Study on Certification and Verification Schemes in the Forest Sector and for Wood-based Products


The European Commission has contracted NEPCon, a non-profit organisation working to support more sustainable business practices, to develop a Study on Certification and Verification Schemes in the Forest Sector and for Wood-based Products. The Study was awarded to NEPCon in March 2020 and is scheduled to run for 12 months. You are receiving this survey because you have signed up to the Stakeholder Consultative List for the study. 

The European Timber Regulation (EUTR) passed on 20th October 2010 as Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament came into force on March 3rd, 2013. The regulation prohibits the placing of illegal timber on the EU market and covers a wide range of products set out in Annex I of the regulation. 

The EUTR creates a requirement on “Operators” defined as any natural or legal person who first places timber and timber products onto the European Market to exercise ‘due diligence’. 

Due Diligence requirements are designed to ensure that operators undertake a risk management exercise to minimize the risk of placing illegally harvested timber, or timber products containing illegally harvested timber, on the EU market. 

The Study aims to help Operators, Competent Authorities and other stakeholders in their understanding of potential benefits and any possible shortcomings of certification and verification schemes, with a view to improving the use of forest and wood-based product certification, in particular in the context of the implementation of the EUTR.  

The survey 

Stakeholders’ input is key all through the development of the study. This initial survey is targeted to inform the selection of the most relevant certification or verification schemes that will be evaluated as part of the Study, and should take you no more than 10 minutes to respond.  

No information pertaining to individual respondees - including the names of individuals or organisations or individual question responses - will be made publicly available. 

The survey will be open until 2nd July 2020. We thank you in advance for your time in supporting this survey!