Published on : Friday, July 26, 2013
CE marking is going to be mandatory in the UK for many construction products from July 2013. BM TRADA’s new Technical Bulletin discusses the regulations and obligations for manufacturers, importers and distributors of construction products, as well as those for designers, builders and specifiers.
The new Construction Products Regulation (CPR) that replaces the Construction Products Directive (CPD) makes CE marking mandatory across the European Union (EU), for products defined by the harmonised European Product Standards. The Regulation does not radically change the practical processes for CE marking of products already established in all Member States. But it addresses some perceived problems with the text of the Directive and the ways in which it has been implemented.
Going forward, the only document a manufacturer can CE mark to is either a harmonised standard or a European Technical Assessment (ETA). Each harmonised standard or ETA sets an ‘Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance’ (AVCP) level, which in turn sets out the procedure that must be followed for CE marking. Where no harmonised standard exists for a product but a manufacturer wishes to voluntarily apply CE marking, there is a process that can be followed in order to apply the mark. Previously this was done via European Technical Approval (ETA) by following certain guidelines (ETAGs). This system has been replaced and now relies on first creating guidelines called European Assessment Documents (EADs) following a request from a manufacturer.