European Union(Construction Products)Regulation 2013
The Construction Products Regulations (CPR) came into force July 2013 Compliance with the regulation has statutory enforcement requirement. The CPR sets out the harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products it will be directly applicable in its entirety in Irish law. The CPR deals particularly with the harmonised technical specifications and specifically to the requirements of individual characteristics of each product. All parties to the supply chain Manufacturers, Importers, Distributors, Specifiers, Designers and Builders have responsibilities under the CPR.
The National Annexes or Standard Recommendations give guidance on appropriate minimum performance levels for specific intended uses in Ireland. A list of these can be viewed on the NSAI website at www.nsai.ie;
For queries relating to Construction Products Regulations email the National Market Surveillance Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific information relating to Brexit and the Construction Products Regulations can be found in the document Construction Industry – Preparing for the end of the Brexit Transition Period Frequently Asked Questions which is available at https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/faqs_construction_industry_preparing_for_the_end_of_the_brexit_transition_period.pdf, and on the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage website at https://www.housing.gov.ie/corporate/brexit/brexit.
The builder, developers should ensure compliance with the Building Regulations, in this regard all works should be carried out using “proper materials…which are fit for the use for which they are intended and for the conditions in which they are to be used” to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations. For further information on the Building Regulations see www.environ.ie
John Coughlan Senior Engineer
Construction Products Regulation – Further Information
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
- Construction Products Regulation
- Construction Products Regulation – Information Paper (published by the Building Regulations Advisory Body)