Industry Prepares Guidance on New CPR Legislation

Published:  10 May, 2012

UK: A Guidance Note on the Construction Products Regulation has been issued today which will help the construction industry understand new legislation that is being brought in from 1 July 2013.

The changes in the legislation, which are mandatory, will require all manufacturers to apply CE marking to products that are covered either by a harmonised European Standard or by a European Technical Assessment.

The Guidance has been prepared jointly by the Construction Products Association, the British Board of Agrément, British Standards Institution and FBE Management Limited in consultation with the Trading Standards Institute and can be downloaded from all of these organisations’ websites.

Commenting on why the Guidance Note is necessary, Duncan King, technical officer at the Construction Products Association said: ‘This CPR Guidance Document has transformed 39 Euro-jargon pages into easily understood English that will enable the industry to implement these legislative changes once they are introduced in mid-2013. For the majority of manufacturers the changes to legislation will not be an issue as they have already been CE marking under the existing Construction Products Directive. However, for those product sectors, which up to now have not undertaken CE marking, these changes will be more of a revolution as they will need to implement a European testing methodology.

"The Guide explains the role that manufacturers, importers and distributors must perform within CE marking legislation. However, despite the changes from the CPD, there really is nothing which will cause undue concern to the industry and even those who are having to CE mark for the first time and will have a more extensive learning curve to climb, it is nothing more than the rest of the construction products industry has already undergone and therefore should not cause undue problems.

"Changes in legislation will affect the importers and distributor network as new obligations are also placed on them and failure to comply will leave all open to prosecution with harsh penalties if found guilty.

"We hope sincerely this Guide will assist the industry in developing a consensus of opinion which will reduce the instances of misunderstanding."

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