New regulator for construction products

New regulator for construction products

BLOG · BY TTF CEO, DAVID HOPKINS · 20 January

The Government has announced the creation of a new national regulator of construction products to ensure homes are built from safe materials.

This new national construction products regulator will have “strong enforcement powers”, and be able to carry out its own product-testing if concerned. This includes the power to remove any product from the market that presents a significant safety risk, and prosecute any companies who flout the rules on product safety.

The role will operate within the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) which will be given up to £10million in funding to establish the new function, working together with the Building Safety Regulator and Trading Standards.

The announcement of this new regulator comes as a result of the second phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, which is looking into the events that led up to the fire, as well as the response after the fire. Before Christmas, the inquiry was still taking evidence for module two, which examined the testing regime that led to the dangerous cladding being installed on Grenfell.

The announcement of the regulator pre-empts the findings of Phase Two of the inquiry, which likely means the scope, personnel, and operation of the regulator may remain unknown for some time.

Here at the TTF we will be keenly working with our counterparts in the CPA, the Government, and all partners across the timber supply chain to support the success of this new regulator, as we continue to do for the larger reforms to culture and practice outlined in the Hackitt Review.

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