Abstract This paper is an overview of European standards dealing with adhesives for wood-based products. No standard exists in Europe for the assessment of adhesives for wood-based panels except for the evaluation of the bonding quality of plywood panels. However, many standards exist and are described here for the assessment of adhesives for structural purposes such as glulam beams or non-structural purposes such as glued components for joinery. Keywords European standards, adhesives, wood, plywood, glulam, load-bearing timber structures, glued components
The current European standards for wood-based panels deal with evaluation of properties of end-products such as internal bond strength or bending strength. In case of plywood, the bonding quality can be evaluated by tensile shear testing according to EN 314-1 (2005) . These properties are fully linked to adhesives used and process parameters. Nevertheless, no standard exists in Europe for the assessment of adhesives for wood-based panels.