Tougher EU Quality Mark for construction products

Published:  20 January, 2011

STRASBOURG: Building materials will be tested against tougher standards following changes to the European CE quality mark agreed in Strasbourg recently.

The changes are expected to boost competition in the market for construction products and cut the cost of materials as many more suppliers will be able to sell their products across the European Union.

The new rules will come into force in 2013, giving companies time to adapt to the new legislation. Special provisions are included for smaller businesses to make it easier for them to meet the new rules.

Products that are to be sold on the EU market will need to meet certain standards for safety and quality. They will also need to be sold alongside clear information explaining how they can be safely used, including information such as any hazardous substances that may be included.

Labour's Catherine Stihler MEP, who guided the legislation through the European Parliament, welcomed the new rules: "The new standards mean that people and companies can buy their building materials with confidence. The CE mark is a clear statement that says this product is tested and is up to scratch."

Euro-MPs approved the new standards in a vote today alongside changes to make it easier for smaller companies to market and sell their products across the European Union. The costs of some materials are expected to come down as a result of the changes.

"This is good news for the construction industry and good news for construction workers," Ms Stihler added. 

"Now we have these new EU standards in place it will be easier for companies to shop around across Europe for the best deals. The new rules will also open up foreign markets to British produced goods.

"The strengthened CE mark should be safer for construction workers, who can be confident that the materials they use are of good quality. Materials will also have to be sold with information making it clear exactly how they should be used to avoid accident or injury."

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