This Regulation is the legislative means of ensuring that construction works, including both buildings and civil engineering works, comply with European standards. It was developed to maintain the relevant national standards whilst ensuring compliance with European regulations by relating to CEN (European Standards organisation) standards and to the Construction Products Directive 89/106/EEC (CPD).
The CPD (and this regulation) applies to any construction product which is produced for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works including both building and civil engineering works.
Products meeting the essential requirements of the relevant Directive(s) will be eligible for 'CE marking' and may be placed on the market anywhere within the European Economic Area (EEA). Under the CPD the route to CE marking is by complying with the relevant technical specifications, which are published in the Official Journal of the European Communities, series C.
This requirement also provides a means of showing “fitness for purpose” as required by the Building Regulations.
The regulation makes it an offence to supply a construction product which does meet the essential requirements set out by the relevant European technical standard.
This provides a useful tool for specifying sustainability and environmental protection standards by reference to the relevant technical standards. It also provides a means of assessing the likely environmental impacts of alternative construction solutions at pre-planning stage or when considering Environmental Impact Assessments.
Page last updated: 28 April 2010