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UK Government Procurement Guidance

In the UK, DeFRA, the government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, publishes the ‘UK Government Timber Procurement Policy’ document in conjunction with CPET – The Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

Known as the ‘Timber Procurement Advice Note’ (TPAN), the current fifth edition not only provides advice on the sourcing and selection of timber, but also defines the government’s own timber procurement criteria for use within its estate – which says:

“The UK Government TPP requires that only timber and wood-derived products originating from an independently verifiable Legal and Sustainable source (which can include from a licensed Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) partner) will be demanded for use on the government estate – appropriate documentation will be required to prove it.”

TPAN also refers to the latest definition of the phrase ‘legal and sustainable’, which clarifies the meaning of both elements independently - what is ‘legal’ and what is ‘sustainable’.

This distinction was added since the 2010 fourth edition by a relatively new piece of European legislation, introduced on 3rd March 2013, called the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which bans the use of illegally sourced timbers in all EU member states including the UK.

  • A copy of the CPET definition document can be downloaded here.
  • The CPET website definition page can be viewed here.
  • Further downloads and links to other useful information sources can be found on our website here.


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