About this consultation

Consultation period
22 January 2018 - 16 April 2018
Topics
Single market, Business and industry

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. In particular, contributions are sought from:

  • interested individuals/private end users of construction products
  • companies or sole traders, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (manufacturers, importers, distributors, builders, designers, suppliers, professional final users)
  • business representatives (industry associations, chambers of commerce, professional organisations)
  • technical bodies (notified bodies, technical assessment bodies, standardisation bodies, European Organisation for Technical Assessment)
  • public authorities and testing bodies (market surveillance e.g. inspectors/enforcement authorities, accreditation bodies, notifying authorities, product contact points, building controls)
  • non-governmental organisations
  • academia, research and technology organisations
  • representatives of construction workers
  • consumer organisations

Objective of the consultation

The Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (the CPR) aims to make the single market work for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure. To do so, the CPR provides for rules on assessing the performance of construction products and on communicating the assessment results, through a common technical language (consisting mainly of the harmonised European standards and European assessments documents) to be used everywhere in the EU.  Construction products assessed in line with the CPR rules carry the CE marking. EU countries are free to lay down rules for the design and safety of buildings and infrastructure works, as long as they do so by using the CPR's common technical language for CE marked products.  This aims at ensuring that reliable and comparable information on the performance of construction products is available to professionals, public authorities and consumers so that they can compare the performance of products from different manufacturers in different countries. It therefore avoids the exclusion from national markets of some products just because they were made and tested for performance in another country.

Several sources, such as the 2016 report on the implementation of the CPR, opinions from the REFIT platform and studies on European construction sector regulations have identified issues affecting the functioning of the CPR, such as a need for clarification regarding simplification provisions, limited evidence of uptake of simplification provisions/lighter regimes by micro enterprises, the link with Regulation 1025/2012 on standardisation and mandatory use of standards in the CPR, sector-specific market surveillance and enforcement provisions, detailed rules regarding notified bodies and streamlining of procedural rules for finalising European assessment documents). The European Commission's energy union package of November 2016 mentions the need to address the fragmentation of the internal market for construction products. This is why the Commission is currently carrying out a joint evaluation and impact assessment for a possible EU initiative to revise EU rules on construction products.

This public consultation aims to give all interested citizens and stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to the exercise and give their views on key issues relevant for the evaluation and impact assessment.  In providing this opportunity, this consultation supplements previous, more targeted consultations of stakeholders.

The consultation will inform the Commission's evaluation and impact assessment report and the legislative proposal accompanying the report, if the outcome of the evaluation points towards the need to change the EU rules on construction products.

How to submit your response

Please submit your contribution via the following online questionnaire.

The questionnaire is available in 23 official EU languages and responses may be submitted in any of these.

Additional information

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Results of the consultation and next steps

The Commission will assess and summarise the results in a report, which will be made publicly available on this website and the website of the Department for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Protection of personal data

The contributions received and the identity of the contributor will be published on this website, unless the contributor objects to the publication of their personal data.

Please read the specific privacy statement for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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