Construction products

Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 lays down conditions for the placing or making available on the market of construction products. It establishes rules to express the performance of construction products in relation to their characteristics and on the use of CE marking.

The construction products are defined as products or kits “produced and placed on the market for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works or parts thereof and the performance of which has an effect on the performance of the construction works with respect to the basic requirements for construction works”.

Subject matter

This Regulation lays down conditions for the placing or making available on the market of construction products by establishing harmonised rules on how to express the performance of construction products in relation to their essential characteristics and on the use of CE marking on those products.

 

Definitions

Construction product means any product or kit which is produced and placed on the market for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works or parts thereof and the performance of which has an effect on the performance of the construction works with respect to the basic requirements for construction works.

kit means a construction product placed on the market by a single manufacturer as a set of at least two separate components that need to be put together to be incorporated in the construction works.

Making available on the market means any supply of a construction product for distribution or use on the Union market in the course of a commercial activity, whether in return for payment or free of charge.

Placing on the market’ means the first making available of a construction product on the Union market.

Distributor means any natural or legal person in the supply chain, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who makes a construction product available on the market.

Importer means any natural or legal person established within the Union, who places a construction product from a third country on the Union market.

Withdrawal means any measure aimed at preventing a construction product in the supply chain from being made available on the market.

 

Article 8 - General principles and use of CE marking

  1. The general principles set out in Article 30 of Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 shall apply to the CE marking.
  2. The CE marking shall be affixed to those construction products for which the manufacturer has drawn up a declaration of performance in accordance with Articles 4 and 6. If a declaration of performance has not been drawn up by the manufacturer in accordance with Articles 4 and 6, the CE marking shall not be affixed. By affixing or having affixed the CE marking, manufacturers indicate that they take responsibility for the conformity of the construction product with the declared performance as well as the compliance with all applicable requirements laid down in this Regulation and in other relevant Union harmonisation legislation providing for its affixing. The rules for affixing the CE marking provided for in other relevant Union harmonisation legislation shall apply without prejudice to this paragraph.
  3. For any construction product covered by a harmonised standard, or for which a European Technical Assessment has been issued, the CE marking shall be the only marking which attests conformity of the construction product with the declared performance in relation to the essential characteristics, covered by that harmonised standard or by the European Technical Assessment. In this respect, Member States shall not introduce any references or shall withdraw any references in national measures to a marking attesting conformity with the declared performance in relation to the essential characteristics covered by a harmonised standard other than the CE marking.
  4. A Member State shall not prohibit or impede, within its territory or under its responsibility, the making available on the market or the use of construction products bearing the CE marking, when the declared performances correspond to the requirements for such use in that Member State.
  5. A Member State shall ensure that the use of construction products bearing the CE marking shall not be impeded by rules or conditions imposed by public bodies or private bodies acting as a public undertaking, or acting as a public body on the basis of a monopoly position or under a public mandate, when the declared performances correspond to the requirements for such use in that Member State.
  6. The methods used by the Member States in their requirements for construction works, as well as other national rules in relation to the essential characteristics of construction products, shall be in accordance with harmonised standards.

 

Article 9 - Rules and conditions for the affixing of CE marking

  1. The CE marking shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the construction product or to a label attached to it. Where this is not possible or not warranted on account of the nature of the product, it shall be affixed to the packaging or to the accompanying documents.
  2. The CE marking shall be followed by the two last digits of the year in which it was first affixed, the name and the registered address of the manufacturer, or the identifying mark allowing identification of the name and address of the manufacturer easily and without any ambiguity, the unique identification code of the product-type, the reference number of the declaration of performance, the level or class of the performance declared, the reference to the harmonised technical specification applied, the identification number of the notified body, if applicable, and the intended use as laid down in the harmonised technical specification applied.
  3. The CE marking shall be affixed before the construction product is placed on the market. It may be followed by a pictogram or any other mark notably indicating a special risk or use.

 

Article 66 - Transitional provisions

2. Manufacturers may draw up a declaration of performance on the basis of a certificate of conformity or a declaration of conformity, which has been issued before 1 July 2013 in accordance with Directive 89/106/EEC.

Legal acts repealed:

Council Directive 1989/106/EEC

Previous guidelines:

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Newsletter 2021   1/2021, 2/2021, 3/2021, 4/20215/20216/20217/2021
Newsletter 2022   1/2022

Roadmap for the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) - 1 March 2021

Draft standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation as regards space heating appliances in support of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council - 17 February 2021

Summary of Ad hoc meeting with Member States’ experts on the Review of the CPR - 22 September 2020

Supporting study for the impact assessment of the construction products regulation (preliminary results) - Survey on horizontal issues - Analysis of replies - 2020

Annex to the Commission Delegated Decision supplementing Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the applicable systems to assess and verify constancy of performance of balustrade kits and railing kits intended to be used in construction works solely to prevent falls and not submitted to vertical loads from the structure - 14 March 2019

Commission Delegated Decision supplementing Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the applicable systems to assess and verify constancy of performance of balustrade kits and railing kits intended to be used in construction works solely to prevent falls and not submitted to vertical loads from the structure - 14 March 2019

Supporting study for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation: Evaluation - Annexes to the Final Report - September 2018

Supporting study for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation: Evaluation - Final Report - September 2018

Supporting study for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation: Impact Assessment - Annexes to the Final Report - September 2018

Supporting study for the Review of the Construction Products Regulation: Impact Assessment - Final Report - September 2018

Construction products: CE marking step by step - Article published on 21 March 2017

Economic Impacts of the Construction Products Regulation - Article published on 21 December 2016

Guidance on the application of the Construction Products Regulation (305/2011/EU) to materials handling, lifting and storage equipment - June 2015