A good example of the benefits of standardisation is provided by the CE marking of wood products; it demonstrates that the product is compliant with the pertinent standards and fulfils the EU Construction Products Directive’s requirements on, for example, product safety and durability. An international standard for calculating the carbon footprint of construction products is also about to be established.
Put simply, standardisation refers to a set of commonly agreed rules that have the aim of making life easier for consumers, companies and the authorities. Standards help improve safety, protect the environment and facilitate domestic and international trade. However, standardisation does not harmonise the size of doors and window frames, for example – instead, the goal of the process is to establish uniform evaluation and testing methods for such properties as product durability. Standards also determine the manner in which products are classified as well as how their quality is checked.
Standards are especially beneficial to export-intensive industries. If a set of commonly agreed standards exists, there is no need to design, test and approve products separately in every country. This means that there are fewer obstacles to the internationalisation of Finnish companies. Finland must be an active participant in European and international standardisation efforts to maximize the competitive advantages of standardisation.
The Finnish Forest Industries Federation is responsible for the European CEN and the international ISO standardisation of biomass, solid biofuels, pulp and paper products, wood products, wood structures and furniture in Finland.
Jarmo Leskelä, Director, Wood-Based Panel Industry
tel. +358 9 132 6682