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Construction Products Regulation EU 2011/305

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Construction products include a wide range of products, such as cement, bricks, wood, flooring, and complex structures such as facades.

To facilitate cross-border trade and to overcome trade barriers in form of national rules and standards, the Construction Products Regulation 305/2011/EU (CPR) was established, superseding Construction Products Directive (CPD) from 1989 (EU Directive 89/106/EEC).

Role of Construction Products Regulation

The objective of the CPR is not to define the safety of construction products, but to ensure that reliable information is presented in relation to their performance - and all this in a harmonized manner across Europe.

The product shall be followed by a Declaration of Performance with a common technical language, as specified in the corresponding harmonized European product performance standards. The actual requirements still are specified by each EU Member State on its own.

CE marking in this context is the key tool and means just and only that a Declaration of Performance (DoP) following the product was drawn up in accordance with the specifications in the corresponding harmonized European standard.

Further Information

Services

The Eurofins laboratories and notified bodies can help you finding your way through conformity declaration, certification and CE marking, and support with related testing.

Important note:

A manufacturer can select a notified body freely and is not restricted to notified bodies in his own country.

Eurofins Product Testing A/S was involved in the development and validation of a harmonized testing method for emissions of volatile substances into indoor air in CEN Technical Committee TC 351, Working Group WG 2. This allows to use the expertise of the world-wide largest VOC emissions testing laboratory also for CE marking, as soon as the respective product standards have been released by CEN.

The resulting standard CEN/TS 16516 was published in October 2013, and Eurofins Product Testing A/S is ISO 17025 accredited and notified for such testing. You may want to see a publication describing CEN/TS 16516, also in comparison with ISO 16000 and EN 717-1 testing (in English) - in Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft 74 (2014) 3, 62-68, see www.gefahrstoffe.de.

After additional validation steps were finalized in 2013, and some more refinements were included, the CEN/TS 16516 shall be converted into a final EN 16516 standard until 2017.

Contacts

Interior products:

Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts. This includes a notified testing laboratory for TS/EN 16516.

Noise reduction products, doors, walls, blinds, shutters, and more:

Eurofins Product Testing Italy srl - Modulo Uno, Via Cuorgnè, 21 - 10156 Torino - Italy +39 011 22 22 225

General contact:

Please send an email to producttesting@eurofins.com.