Working together to achieve clarity and consistency in standards and regulations in the wood preservation industry.
Working Groups form the focus for EWPM activities in three key areas. Working Group members develop EWPM policy in these areas and bring recommendations to members for approval:
Working Group – EfficacyThis group develops EWPM policy on procedures for the assessment of efficacy of active substances and the performance of preservative formulations emerging from European Standard (CEN) committees and European Commission-led development of directives and regulations affecting biocidal and construction products.
Working Group – Risk AssessmentThis group develops EWPM policy on procedures for assessment of the safety and environmental impact of active substances and formulations for wood preservation being prepared by the European Commission with its member states on the regulation of biocidal products.
Working Group – CommunicationThis group develops EWPM policy on relations and information exchange with members, European industry bodies, National bodies, the European Commission and the public.
Working Goup - TermitesThis group develops EWPM policy on procedures for assessment of the safety and environmental impact of products and procedures, including termite barriers, for the prevention and treatment of termite infestations in buildings. It prepares advice for members on regulatory measures implemented by the European Commission and Member States in respect of active substances, formulations and articles for termite control and prevention.
Working Group - Process ChemicalsThis group develops EWPM policy on procedures for assessment of the safety and environmental impact of process chemicals added to preservative solutions typically at the treatment site. Process chemicals do not contribute to the effectiveness of preservatives in protecting wood against biological agencies such as wood destroying fungi and insects. They are used to mitigate or prevent unwanted biological or physical effects by, for example, corrosion inhibition and foam control. The Working Group prepares advice for members on regulatory measures implemented by the European Commission and Member States in respect of process chemicals.