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Guide to Main European Standards (ENs)

This online resource is a starting point to over 50 of the main individual standards relating to wood-based products.  These standards are reviewed at least once every five years to ensure they reflect current practice and adhere to the latest legal requirements.

EN 13986: 2004+A1: 2015 is the main overall standard for wood-based panels used in construction and it has been recently updated.

APA provides a regular update on wood-based standards under  review, giving any changes.

Specifiers selecting APA products also need to be aware of the other standards for plywood, OSB as well as LVL .

Europe classifies product by their use (not their properties)

European Standards (ENs) are primarily performance based i.e. the wood-based products are classified in terms of their intended end use rather just classified according to their properties. They cover harmonised product standards which in turn are supported by other European standards dealing with methods of testing. They are also used by other countries in the world outside the European Union.

National Standards Bodies in each of the EU member states publish these standards in their own language and pre-fix the EN notation with a two letter country code e.g. BS EN standing for British Standard European Norm.

Not only are new standards being written, but existing standards are constantly being reviewed and changes made, so we advise always checking the latest version.