The Construction Products Regulation CPR (Regulation (EU) No 305/2011) repeals the Construction Products Directive. It was adopted on 9 March 2011, however some of the most important articles entered into force in July 2013.
From 1 July 2013, under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), it became mandatory for manufacturers to draw up a Declaration of Performance, leading to the CE marking on any products which are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA).
The objective of the Construction Products Regulation is to ensure reliable information on construction products in relation to their performances. This is achieved by providing a “common technical language,” formed mainly by harmonised European standards and offering uniform assessment methods for the performance of construction products. This common technical language is to be applied by the manufacturers, the authorities of Member States, and by their users (such as architects, engineers, builders).
The CE marking enables a product to be placed legally on the market in any Member State. The CE marking indicates that a product is consistent with its Declaration of Performance (DoP) as made by the manufacturer. The declaration varies according to the particular harmonised technical specification covering the product.
By making a Declaration of Performance the manufacturer, importer or distributor is assuming legal responsibility for the conformity of the construction product with its declared performance.