Construction products regulation
On the 1st July 2013, the old Construction Products Directive was withdrawn and replaced by the Construction Products Regulation (305/2011/EU). The Regulation aims to be an updated and improved version of the Directive and has been aligned with the so-called New Legislative Framework.
A point to note is that like the Directive, the new Construction Products Regulation does not harmonise regulations and requirements concerning the actual construction works (e.g. the Building Regulations in the UK). Member States, public and private sector procurers are free to set their own requirements on the performance of buildings and construction works and therefore the performance levels of products.
The Construction Products Regulation represents a continued focus on the safety and other performance aspects of completed construction works and lays down aspects to consider for construction products. The 6 ‘Essential Requirements’ of the Directive have been extended to become the 7 ‘Basic Works Requirements’, namely; Mechanical resistance and stability, Safety in case of fire, Hygiene health and environment, Safety and accessibility in use, Protection against noise, Energy economy including heat retention and a new requirement – Sustainable use of natural resources.
The Regulation permits exceptions for compliance, notably certain bespoke products, which are not manufactured in series.
The reasons for changing from the Directive to a Regulation were to address certain ambiguities apparent within the Directive. The aims of which can be summarised as:
– To simplify and clarify the existing CPD framework, especially in the areas where no harmonised standards exist.
– To improve transparency and effectiveness of the existing measures.
– To bolster the credibility of the Directive.
– To reduce the financial burden on manufacturers, in particular small and medium sized enterprises.
– To clarify the obligation to apply a CE mark and the resulting consequences of non- compliance.
– To improve ‘market surveillance’, or in other words the enforcement of the legislation.
Of course the primary function remains, to ensure the safety performance of construction products in all countries of the European Economic Area.