MEMBERS of a woodworking trade association have until the end of the year to comply with a new code of conduct which aims to boost industry standards.
Industry body the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) will formally launch its Rules of Membership and amended constitution next week.
These will require all member companies to comply with its code of conduct by December 31 or face missing out on compliance certification.
Companies will not be kicked out of the federation if they fail to reach the standards set out in the code.
According to BWF director Richard Lambert the scheme will help improve standards in the sector.
He said: 'The Code of Practice sets out the standards that our members are prepared to commit to. It enables them to show that they have achieved standards of performance rather than punishing them for errors they may commit.'
The code has a 11 points to which members must comply, including a complaints procedure and financial safeguards.