If you manufacture, import and/or distribute construction products within the European Economic Area (EEA) then The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) applies to you. The CPR was adopted by the European Commission and UK Government on 1 July 2013 replacing the Construction Products Directive (CPD). The CPR builds on the CPD and aims to break down trade barriers in construction products within the EEA.
As a result of the change, CE marking is now mandatory in the UK.
What does the CPR cover?
The CPR has a broad scope applying to many types of products from welding consumables to building materials through to road construction products. There are no specific exclusions to the CPR however it is only applicable to products for which a ‘harmonised technical specification’ exists.
All products covered by the regulation must meet the relevant essential performance characteristics which are related to the ‘Basic requirements for construction works’ as defined within Annex I of the CPR. These requirements fall into the following categories:
- mechanical resistance and stability
- safety in the case of fire
- hygiene, health and the environment
- safety and accessibility in use
- energy economy and heat retention
- sustainable use of natural resources.
Why choose LRQA for the CPR?
LRQA has been appointed as a notified body under the CPR and we are involved in assessing manufacturing locations across the world. We have the capability to assess the conformity of many products. We use the CPRs Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) systems1, 1+ and 2+ which are based on quality management system assessment and system 3 which is based on product testing.
LRQA assessors are construction engineers and industry specialists who are matched with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your system. Our unique Business Assurance assessment methodology from LRQA underpins the services that we provide throughout the construction and engineering industry, so we understand the challenges you face and our experts are prepared to assist you in managing your risks as you meet these challenges.