Construction Products Directive
In Europe, standards in construction products are overseen and administered by the European Organization for Technical Approvals (EOTA). Designed to reduce technical disparities across the construction products industry, when your building product achieves EOTA compliance your company is then able to CE mark its products and is able to sell that product throughout the European Union.
Recently updated in January 2011 by the European Parliament, the Construction Products Directive is linked to ISO standards 14001 and 18001 in that the rules of Member States require construction works be designed and executed in a way that will not endanger the safety of employees, customers or the public - or animals, property or the environment.
How The Construction Products Directive Is Assessed
Only construction products that are deemed fit for their intended use can be put on the market. In this context, there are clear standards that must be fulfilled in order for your products to be authorised as suitable for sale in the European Union.
The six factors of compliance take into account:
- Mechanical strength and stability
- Safety in the event of fire
- Hygiene requirements
- Health and the environment
- Safety in use
- Protection against noise and energy economy/heat retention
Benefits of Compliance
HPA can assist your organization in planning, implementing and achieving accreditation for EOTA CE Marking standards. We work across all sectors, and have specific expertise in helping companies in the roller shutter and structural steelwork industries to successfully achieve certification.
The benefits of achieving CE Marking for your construction products are
many. Not only will certification open up all European markets, but all stakeholders
- including staff and customers and the wider community, will also view your
brand in a more trusted and positive light. As CE Marking accreditation dovetails
neatly with the implementation of other ISO standards, your business will
also be contributing to safer working conditions for Europe's employees and
will also be making a future commitment to safeguarding the environment.