The EU Construction Products Regulation and its implications for the supply chain was the focus of a Suppliers’ Liaison meeting held last week by the Builders Merchants’ Federation.
John Tebbit, industry affairs director of the Construction Products Association shared the main points of the Regulation with merchants and suppliers and said the Regulation is now in force, though the parts that affect manufacturers and distributors do not apply until next year.
The legislation brings together:
Tebbit said that from 1 July 2013, CE marking will be mandatory for products and components manufactured to a hEN or ETA.
By making a Declaration of Performance, the manufacturer, importer or distributor is assuming legal responsibility for the conformity of the products with its declared performance.
Merchants will need to become more pro-active in checking the products they buy & sell. They will be required to pass on information that verifies the product meets the standard(s). Merchants will also have a duty to store and transport goods correctly in a way that preserves the stated performance.
One of the unknowns facing merchants is what to do when breaking down large bulk consignments and whether each subsequent smaller outgoing delivery require its own set of the incoming documents to be passed on with each order. Tebbit said that written guidance is being prepared for industry.