Many construction products sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) must comply with the EU Construction Products Regulation or CPR. Products that comply can be CE marked.
The CPR is different from other CE marking legislation in the EU. Not only does it apply to a wide variety of products, but it requires the products to either be assessed against a harmonised standard or have a European Assessment Document/European Technical Assessment (EADS/ETA) before the CE mark can be applied.
A construction product is defined as any product or kit used in a permanent way in buildings and civil engineering works. The product must also have an effect on the basic requirements of the works in relation to one or more of the following (set out in Annex 1 of the CPR):
- Mechanical resistance and stability
- Safety in case of fire
- Hygiene, health and the environment
- Safety and accessibility in use
- Protection against noise
- Energy economy and heat retention
- Sustainable use of natural resources
The following are examples of construction products:
- Bitumen based products
- Fire detection/alarm systems
- Steel structures
There are two key questions to ask about the applicability of the CPR:
1. Is the product a "construction product"?
2. If yes, is there a harmonised technical specification that covers it?
If the answer to both is yes, then the CPR applies as CE marking is required.
Need help with the CPR?
We are a Notified Body (NoBo) under the CPR. Our CE marking guidance, testing and conformity assessment services can provide you with the expertise and information you need to make sure your products comply with the CPR.
Our notifications cover a wide range of harmonised European Standards. We can help you with:
- Determining which harmonized European Standards norms are applicable to your construction product and sector
- Product certification
- Information on CE labelling
- Annual surveillance of Factory Production Control certification
Why work with us?
Globally recognised and accredited
LRQA was among the first Notified Bodies to be accredited for the Construction Products Regulation when it replaced the Construction Products Directive in 2013, adding to our long history with most EU directives. By choosing LRQA, you'll be working with an organisation that has the pedigree and proven capabilities to inspect your products against the CPR's requirements.
LRQA's technical experts can provide first-hand insights into the requirements of the CPR and the logic behind them. Our surveyors are chosen for their sector-specific knowledge and expertise, which means you can be confident that they'll understand the manufacturing challenges you face.
Our expert assessment teams take a collaborative approach that understands the importance of a fast, efficient appraisal with minimal disruption to your business. Using an industry-leading methodology, our design appraisal engineers, inspection personnel and quality system auditors can help you prepare for certification, perform equipment reviews, and provide training for your staff and stakeholders on the CPR and its associated standards.
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