The new Construction Products Regulation (305/2011) will enter into force on 1 July 2013 throughout the EU. The Regulation will mean compulsory CE marking for construction products that conform to a harmonised product standard or have been granted European Technical Approval (ETA).
The Construction Products Regulation affects also voluntary product certification. The Regulation provides that product characteristics presented in EN standards and European technical approvals only be declared by means of the manufacturer's declaration of performance. These can no longer be declared using voluntary product certificates. As a consequence, some VTT certificates will require updating or outright cancellation.
Alternatives for updating VTT certificates
- Information that overlaps with the CE marking is removed and can be replaced with a reference to the manufacturer's declaration of conformity or from 1 July 2013 to the manufacturer's declaration of performance.
- The content of the certificate can be changed to installation and usability of the product.
- The certificate can be changed to a quality control certificate.
Alongside the impact of the Construction Products Regulation there will be changes in national approval procedures for those products for which CE marking cannot be obtained.
The product declaration now becomes the verification of conformity. This will cover a wide range of new product groups, of which some have been under voluntary certification. The product groups to be covered by the verification of conformity will be clarified during February/March when the decree on construction product approval is ratified. In other respects, national approval procedures (type approvals, quality control of manufacturing, approval per construction site) remain largely as before.