For specific information on Structural Steelwork please see EN 1090 Structural steelwork
On the 1st July 2013, the old Construction Products Directive was withdrawn and replaced by the Construction Products Regulation (305/2011/EU). The Regulation aims to be an updated and improved version of the Directive and has been aligned with the so-called New Legislative Framework.. The fundamental principles are the same, namely:
- To break down technical barriers to trade in construction products between Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA).
- To provide for a system of harmonised technical specifications for construction products.
- To establish harmonised rules on how to detail the performance of construction products in relation to certain essential characteristics.
- To generate a framework of Notified Bodies (bodies accredited by the EU to perform testing and certification activities with regard to this regulation).
- To provide for the CE marking of products.
A point to note is that like the Directive, the new Regulation does not harmonise regulations and requirements concerning the actual construction works (e.g. the Building Regulations in the UK). Member States, public and private sector procurers are free to set their own requirements on the performance of buildings and construction works and therefore the performance levels of products.
The Construction Products Regulation represents a continued focus on the safety and other performance aspects of completed construction works and lays down aspects to consider for construction products. The 6 ‘Essential Requirements’ of the Directive have been extended to become the 7 ‘Basic Works Requirements’, namely; Mechanical resistance and stability, Safety in case of fire, Hygiene health and environment, Safety and accessibility in use, Protection against noise, Energy economy including heat retention and a new requirement - Sustainable use of natural resources.
The Regulation permits exceptions for compliance, notably certain bespoke products, which are not manufactured in series.
REGULATION (EU) No 305/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC. Published in the Official Journal L88, 04 April 2011.