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CE- Marked US Panels: Compliance with EU Standards for Non-Construction Use

US plywood and OSB panels which carry the CE mark under harmonised European standard EN 13986: 2004 +A1:2015 automatically comply with EN 636 for plywood and EN 300 for OSB.

EN 636 gives requirements for plywood for general use and for load bearing applications in dry, humid & exterior conditions with relevant test methods.  See guide to individual standards for determining plywood performance characteristics, and relevant to non-construction applications.

EN 300 defines the terms, establishes a classification and gives specific requirements for OSB for use in general purpose/non-load bearing and load bearing applications in dry and humid conditions with relevant test methods.  See guide to individual standards for determining performance characteristics for OSB, also relevant to non construction applications.

EN 13986 defines the performance characteristics & test methods for wood-based panels, including plywood and OSB, enabling their use in construction applications as load bearing and non-load bearing panels in dry, humid & exterior conditions.

Other requirements covered by both EN 636 and EN 300:

  • Classification system
  • Tolerances & dimensions
  • Mechanical characteristics (both non-load bearing/load bearing)
  • Density of panel
  • Formaldehyde release
  • Bond quality
  • Biological durability (hazard class limited by species)
  • Moisture resistance
  • Swelling thickness
  • Internal bond

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All Questions OSBPlywood

What is a ‘life cycle stage’ and how do these link to the environmental assessment of whole buildings?

How do core category rules link with environmental product declarations?

Whose responsibility is it to check that wood products being imported into the EU do not originate from illegally sourced timber supplies?

Does the EUTR require mills to provide any extra documentation for customs entry into the European Union?

Must all plywood and OSB panels carry a CE marking?

What is the definition of a construction product under the CPR?

What is a Declaration of Performance referred to under the Construction Products Regulation?

What is the difference between Structural 1 and Exposure 1?

Does structural panel siding have shear values?

What are mould and mildew, and do they compromise the integrity of engineered wood?

The CE-mark on an APA plywood panel means it conforms to European Standards – but which ones?

I want to use a Rated Sheathing panel for flooring/ roofing application, what info do I need to know?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What extra strength benefits do Structural 1 OSB panels provide over standard Rated Sheathing panels?

Do APA panels give off formaldehyde?

Plywood: Formaldehyde
OSB: Formaldehyde

What is the difference between a touch-sanded panel and sanded panel?

I’d like to know how APA veneer grades match those given in the European standards

How do I correctly gauge the face appearance a plywood Siding panel?

I want to specify an APA panel for concrete formwork – what do I need to know?

Are APA panels tongue and grooved on all four edges?

I am not familiar with the term ‘Sized for Spacing’ – what is its significance?

How are Performance Category and thickness related?

I’d like to know more about a panel’s Span Rating and how it links to thickness.

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is Span Rating on the APA trademark and why is it important?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is the difference between Exposure 1 and Exterior plywood panels? What are their appropriate uses?

What are the main OSB panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main plywood panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for OSB panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986 and EN 300

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for plywood panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986, EN 636, EN 314, EN 635-3