Purpose of the Construction Products Regulation

Purpose of the Construction Products Regulation

The Construction Products Regulation was put in place to ensure that the sales conditions for construction products on the internal market are uniform.

This is not an aspiration, but a legal requirement that all active operators (manufacturers, importers, distributors) must comply with. You, as a downstream user, have an obligation to consult the DoP in order to be able to determine whether the product properties correspond to its prescribed performance, eg. B-s1, d0. It is a requirement that you take part in the Declaration of Performance for assessment when you buy a product to use for permanent construction works.

These are the requirements for construction products

  • It is mandatory to CE mark construction products that are subject to a harmonized standard, e.g. EN14915: 2013 or EN13986: 2004, or an issued ETA. There are only a limited number of exceptions.
  • There must be a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and the regulation should specify what information it should contain. Link to DoP template in related information (Appendix III).
  • It is not possible to CE mark a construction product so that it corresponds directly with the regulation. The CE marking is done in accordance with a harmonized standard or an issued ETA.
  • The Member States' requirements for buildings and other installations, as well as for the performance of the construction product, underpin whether or not a product is suitable for its intended use. The building regulations of the Member States are not harmonized by the Construction Products Regulation.
  • The CE marking shows that the performance of the construction product has been assessed in accordance with the methods and criteria of a harmonized technical specification, and that the manufacturer has prepared a Declaration of Performance with the data from this assessment.
  • Chemical information, according to the REACH Regulation, must be provided together with the DoP.
  • There should be instructions for use and safety information available about the product.
  • It should be possible to trace the technical documentation to the product at all stages — from manufacturer to end customer.
  • There are some simplified CE marking procedures, in particular for micro enterprises.
    European assessment documents (EAD) are harmonized technical specifications which can be used as a basis for assessment when issuing a European technical assessment (ETA).