Construction Products Regulation from 1 January 2021

Construction Products Regulation from 1 January 2021

ARTICLE · By Timber Trade Federation · 3 September 2020

CE marked products will continue to be accepted on the UK market until 31 December 2021, provided they are overseen by a European registered Notified Body. However, producers should be prepared to trade construction products with the UK should prepare to change their practices.

Great Britain is leaving the European Union at the end of a transition period which finishes on 31 December 2020. It has therefore developed its own system to replace CE marking. The technical requirements are the same:

  • EU wide common product standards
  • Initial Type Testing
  • Declaration of Performance
  • Development of Factory Production Control (FPC)
  • In-house factory testing
  • Involvement of a 3rd party body to oversee FPC
  • Product marking

 


 
What are the key differences?

The three differences are that the CE mark on products will be replaced by a new UK mark, 3rd party bodies to oversee the new UK mark will be called approved bodies rather than notified bodies, and the common product standards used by the UK mark will be called designated standards rather than harmonised standards.

Businesses must prepare for the end of recognition of the CE mark in Great Britain and affix the UK marking using a UK-recognised ‘approved body’ on 1 January 2022.

Until then, in Great Britain both the UK marking, and the CE marking will be recognised. Manufacturers will either need to (a) affix the UK marking using a UK-recognised ‘approved body’, or (b) affix the CE marking using an EU-recognised ‘notified body’.

Where no third-party conformity assessment is required (AVCP system 4) the manufacturer can choose whether to affix the UK marking or the CE marking, provided that the underlying requirements are met.

  • Manufacturers who want to supply the UK ONLY, should follow option 1 before 31 December 2020.
  • Manufacturers already registered with a European based Notified Body will see no immediate change under option 2.
  • Manufacturers registered with a UK based Notified Body must make a change before 31 December 2020 but can take either option 1 or option 2.
  • Manufacturers who want to supply the UK from 1 January 2022 must by this date follow option 1.

 


 
Where can I find more information?

More information on these changes, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the UK Government website.  General information on CE Marking can be found on the TTF website.

 


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