Construction Product Regulation
The Construction Product Regulation (CPR) came into force on in July 2013, under which manufacturers of wood and wood-based products designed for the construction market which are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Approval (ETA) will be required to declare their performance characteristics via CE marking. To reflect the new CPR, section 7 of the UK Building Regulations has also been amended and adopts CE marking as the primary route to show fitness for purpose in the UK.
It is not envisaged that this change will cause major disruption to the supply of wood products as manufacturers have been working towards these changes for a number of years. However alongside the manufacturer’s responsibilities, importers and distributors will also have a responsibility to ensure the required information is passed along the supply chain.
The CPR recognises it is not always possible or convenient to include all the information required in a physical CE mark so manufacturers are also required to produce a separate Declaration of Performance (DoP) document for their product to accompany the CE mark.
This DoP is the principle piece of information which is required to be made available throughout the supply chain.
Declarations of Performance are available on request.