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Last edited 17 Jan 2022
Construction Products Regulation CPR
The Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR) is a European Union (EU) regulation harmonising performance information on construction products across the EU. It is made most visible by the mandatory CE marking of regulated products.
CE stands for Communauté Européenne or is sometimes taken to stand for Conformité Européenne. CE marking signifies that a product complies with relevant safety, health or environmental regulations across the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA consists of the member states of the EU and the European Free Trade Association countries; Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Some parts of the Construction Products Regulation applied from 24 April 2011, but it came into force in full on 1 July 2013. From this time, construction products placed on the market in the EEA that are covered by a harmonised European product standard or a European Technical Assessment will need to be CE marked and accompanied by a Declaration of Performance (DoP).
This is intended to ensure that reliable technical information is provided about the performance of construction products in a common technical language and tested using consistent assessment methods. This consistency should enable designers and specifiers to compare the performance of products more easily.
- Testing criteria
- Fire resistance.
- Mechanical resistance and stability.
- User instructions, including hygiene and environmental instructions.
- Protection against noise.
- Energy, economy and heat retention.
- Sustainable use of natural resources.
- Handling instructions.
- Storage recommendations.
Demonstrating compliance with the regulation requires an 'attestation of conformity' (AoC). There are 5 levels of attestation of conformity depending on the nature of the product. See Attestation of conformity for more information.
 No-deal Brexit contingency
On 18 December 2018, the government laid a statutory instrument to ensure a functioning CPR regime when the UK leaves the European Union. This statutory instrument delivers the policy approach set out in a technical notice published on 13 September 2018. Ref https://www.gov.uk/government/news/continuity-of-requirements-under-the-construction-products-regulation-when-the-uk-leaves-the-european-union
- Accreditation body.
- ASTM International.
- Attestation of conformity.
- BBA becomes an Approved Body for UKCA Marking.
- Brexit standards, products and regulatory updates.
- British Board of Agrément.
- Building regulations.
- CE marking.
- Construction Products Regulation if there is no Brexit deal.
- Deadline for CE marked products extended to 1 January 2023.
- Energy related products regulations.
- European Technical Approval.
- Fire dampers.
- Manufacturer’s certificate.
- Product manufacturers must regain confidence.
- Quality control.
- Setting the standard.
- Sundry items.
- The Construction Industry Council summarises what to expect from the Construction Products Regulations.
- Third party accreditation.
- UK Conformity Assessed UKCA.
- Underwriters Laboratories UL.
- United Kingdom Accreditation Service UKAS.
- Water Regulations Advisory Scheme WRAS.
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