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Construction Products Regulation

The new Construction Products Regulation entered into force on 1 July 2013 after a transitional period of nearly 1 ½ years. It replaces the previous Construction Products Directive, which dated back all the way to 1989.

With the Construction Products Regulation, manufacturers of construction products must make a declaration of performance for every product for which a harmonised standard (hEN) was published in the EU Official Journal and whose coexistence period as given in that publication has expired. The same applies to construction products for which a European Technical Assessment has been issued.

Construction products for which a declaration of performance has been prepared, must be provided with the CE marking. This has been subject to minor changes as well.

Construction products which were already CE-marked before July 1, 2013 shall also bear the new declaration of performance and CE marking if they are placed on the market after 1 July 2013. However, previous test certificates, certificates and European Technical Approvals may be used as a basis for this purpose.

Construction products which have already been placed on the market before 1 July 2013 (i.e. from the manufacturer to distribution or usage with or without charge), may continue to be made available by distributors with the “old” CE marking in accordance with the Construction Products Directive.