The Construction Products Directive (CPD) in 1989 has been replaced by the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). The CPR was officially published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 4th April 2011 and will come into full force on 1st July 2013.
The CPR is enforceable across the entire European Union, member states do not have the option to opt-out as was the case with the CPD and therefore from the 1st July 2013 all construction products covered by a harmonised European Standard (hEN) will need to have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) made and be CE marked in accordance with the requirements of the hEN covering that product when placed on the market.The Declaration of Performance is a legal document, it will be policed by Trading Standards and any person making a false or incorrect declaration, may be subject to prosecution, which may result in fines or even imprisonment in the most extreme cases.
In response to the publication of the CPR, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) have developed guidance entitled ‘Routes to CE marking’ for its membership. This guidance takes the form of product specific flowcharts, with accompanying explanatory notes intended to guide GGF members through the CE Marking maze.
At first the ‘Route to CE Marking’ flowcharts may look complicated, however in many cases, due to the GGF’s membership requirements, GGF members are already manufacturing to many of the requirements of the product hEN’s and therefore are some way along the route. By reviewing the flowcharts, members will be able to establish where they are in terms of the process, what information, in particular with reference to Initial Type Testing (ITT), they already have, what extra product testing or information is needed and what other actions they need to complete, to enable them to make a legal DoP and CE mark their products. Using the flowcharts, GGF members will be able to work their way through the CPR/CE Marking maze, make their declarations and avoid any potential prosecutions.
Members will be able to access the GGF’s technical department for advice and guidance on the CPR and CE marking by contacting them on their dedicated telephone line 08445-674014 or by e-mailing them on email@example.com.