The association, established in 1985, is a common forum for the members, principally aiming at the stimulation of and support improvement and development by means of information and exchanges of experience.
Membership in the association requires well documented knowledge of arbitration procedures as well as acquaintance of the timber branch as a whole.
The meetings consist to a great extent of information about legal and branch related questions, for instance in the form of problem solving of simulated timber disputes. Timber grading is discussed at sawmill study visits.
The commissions often require international contacts. Colleagues from other countries are therefore invited to discuss common topics in order to improve international branch consensus.