CE Marking and the Construction Industry – It’s the LAW
What does it mean?
The CE mark originally stood for ‘Communauté Européenne’ which is French for ‘European Community’ and gives you the confidence that the product complies with the relevant manufacturing standard for that product.
Seen it before?
We all take for granted, the CE marking symbol on our electrical goods around our home, the kettle in our kitchen, the TV in our lounge. We can still remember Trading Standards appearing on consumer programmes warning us to check for the CE mark on the toys we bought for our children.
Trading Standards now have a new regulation to enforce, the Construction Product Regulation (CPR).
What does the CPR say?
It states that if a construction product is covered by a harmonised standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA) and forms part of a permanent structure within the European Union then that product MUST be CE marked.
It is not voluntary but a legal requirement throughout the construction supply chain.
Failure to comply could result in suspension notices, prohibition notices, fines or even imprisonment.