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The EU Timber Regulation due diligence obligation: An appropriate tool

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) places an obligation on operators to exercise due diligence to prevent illegally harvested timber or timber products entering the EU market. A correct understanding and implementation of this key obligation is essential to the effectiveness of the EUTR.

Yet, over two years after the EUTR and its due diligence obligation came into effect, its application is often still seen as a challenge. Part of this challenge comes from an apparent uncertainty around the detail of what operators need to do to meet their due diligence.

This document will first outline the relevance of a due diligence approach to timber legality, before shedding light on two seemingly conflicting elements of the EUTR's due diligence system: the fixed framework for assessing the legality of timber and timber products, and the flexibility of risk assessment and mitigation processes.

To find out more, please visit the EUTR section of our website here.

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17 November 2015

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