The Construction Products Directive 89/106/EEC (CPD) is one of the 'New Approach' Directives (European Community laws) to create a single European market by removing technical barriers to trade between Member States.
Products meeting the essential requirements of the relevant Directive(s) will be eligible for 'CE marking' and may be placed on the market anywhere within the European Economic Area (EEA). Under the CPD the route to CE marking is by complying with the relevant technical specifications.
The CPD applies to any construction product, which is produced for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works including both building and civil engineering works.
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is responsible in the United Kingdom for the implementation of the CPD. Enforcement is carried out by Trading Standards Officers in England, Wales and Scotland and by Environmental Health Officers in Northern Ireland.
The CPD has been implemented in the United Kingdom law by the Construction Products Regulations 1991 as amended by the Construction Products (Amendment) Regulations 1994.
List of New Approach Directives
New Approach directives provide for the affixing of the CE marking. Where products are subject to several directives, which all provide for the affixing of the CE marking, the marking indicates that the products are presumed to conform to the provisions of all these directives. A product may not be CE marked, unless it is covered by a directive providing for its affixing. CE marking is neither a quality mark nor a mark of origin. It simply shows that the product addresses the regulatory requirements.
Dissemination of CE marking in the UK
The CE marking process for construction products is explained in the ODPM's free
CE Marking Publication
This gives details of the requirements for CE marking of construction products with harmonised standards and European Technical Approvals. The publication is mainly aimed to act as an aide-memoire for manufacturers, specifiers, certification and test bodies and regulatory/enforcement authorities in the UK.
Industry briefings for CE marking
Since the first harmonised European standard for construction products became available, ODPM has been actively planning and arranging meetings with trade associations for the UK manufacturing industry to clarify any queries/concerns and help in the implementation of the emerging new harmonised European construction product standards.
The first CE marking dissemination meeting took place on 29 January 2001with the cement trade association (announced in the March 2001's Construction Monitor publication). Since then ODPM has held industry briefings with the following trade associations for the following products: Admixtures; Emergency and Panic Exit devices; Fixed Fire Fighting systems; Geotextiles; Precast Concrete products; Structural Bearings; Thermal Insulation; Stone; Wood-based panels.
Further meetings will be arranged as and when the dates of the availability of the harmonised standards for the relevant construction products become available.
Manufacturers who wish to obtain further information are advised to contact their trade associations in the first instance.
Availability of harmonised European technical specifications
There are several sources of information for anyone wishing to find out whether there is a harmonised standard or European Technical Approval for a particular construction product:
List of published harmonised European construction product standards
CEN (European standards organisation) standards are usually prepared at the request of industry. Standards prepared at the request of the European Commission - to implement European legislation - are known as 'mandated' standards. When 'mandated' standards are prepared under the 'new approach' directives, they are known as 'harmonised standards' and are cited in the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Communities. Products manufactured and CE marked in accordance with harmonised standards benefit from a 'presumption of conformity' to the essential requirements of a given directive.
Candidate harmonised European construction product standards - Progress Report
This list shows details of the current progress in the development of the harmonised European standards under the CPD.
European Standards are implemented in Member States by their National Standards Bodies. This is British Standards Institution (BSI) in the UK. BSI is now offering the BSI Tracker service for construction product standards.
European Technical Approvals (ETAs)
A European Technical Approval is a favourable technical assessment of the fitness for use of a construction product for an intended use, issued for the purpose of the Construction Products Directive by a body authorised by a Member State to issue European technical approvals for those purposes and notified by that Member State to the European Commission.
List of published European Technical Approval Guidelines (ETAGs)
An ETA may be written to a Guideline (ETAG) which is a document drafted by EOTA (European Organisation for Technical Approvals) as the result of a mandate from the European Commission. Its basic aim is to establish how Approval Bodies should evaluate the specific characteristics/requirements of a product or family of products.
The British Board of Agrément (BBA) represents the United Kingdom as its national spokesbody at EOTA in the development of ETAGs.
Where third parties are involved in attesting the conformity of a construction product to its harmonised technical specification, they have to be approved by their respective Member State and notified to the Commission and other Member States.
Guidance notes for notified bodies under the CPD
For organisations that wish to be designated as notified bodies in the United Kingdom (UK) - see Section 5 in the above CE marking publication.
List of provisionally and fully notified bodies under the CPD in the UK (Adobe Acrobat 410kb)
Full notification is possible once the harmonised European standard becomes available because notification is against the harmonised European standard.
Criteria for designation of European Technical Approval (ETA) bodies in the UK
For organisations that wish to be designated as ETA approval bodies in the UK. ETAs enable the CE marking of construction products for which no CEN harmonised product standard is available or anticipated.
List of ETA approval bodies in the UK
List of Commission Decisions, Guidance Papers and CWFT decisions relating to Fire under the CPD.
The publication and revision of Commission Decisions, Guidance Papers and CWFT decisions are ongoing and the latest information in this respect can be found by accessing the European Commission's website.
Classification Without Further Testing (CWFT) decisions
Other items of relevant information:
Mandates to CEN (European standards organisation) and EOTA (European Organisation for Technical Approvals)
A full listing, in chronological order, of mandates agreed at the Standing Committee on Construction and passed to CEN and EOTA is given here. The mandating process to CEN under the CPD is essentially complete but if new mandates are issued this list will be updated as further mandates are agreed, or existing mandates amended.
Standing Committee on Construction
The Standing Committee is the key decision making forum for the Directive, and generally meets three times a year. The UK delegation to the Committee regularly produces informal summaries of Committee meetings. These are included on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This gives details of the Construction Products Directive (CPD), the reasons for the CPD, how it is being implemented and what manufacturers need to do to meet its requirements.
Details of key Government and industry officials are given on this page. Initial enquiries should be directed to the UK Focal Point at ODPM on 020-7944-5727 (or [email protected]).