CPD - Orgalime position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive

Published: 30 September 2010

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Product Safety Legislation

Orgalime believes that the European industry needs a clear and harmonised framework, avoiding different national implementation and interpretations, which have for a long time given rise to significant problems and barriers to trade for European manufacturers.

Therefore we welcome the Position of the Council at first reading and the efforts carried out by member states to reach this Council Political Agreement.

We would like to underline our strong support especially regarding the conditions for drawing up the declaration of performance and the whole content of Article 4 (Declaration of performance): Orgalime believes that the best solution is to make the CE marking and the Declaration of Performance mandatory when an essential characteristic of a product in relation to basic works requirements is covered in the harmonized technical specifications.

Moreover, Orgalime agrees and fully supports the whole content of current Article 6 (Content of the declaration of performance) and the possibility to use the letters “PND” (Performance Not Determined) for the listed essential characteristics for which no performance is declared.  The solution foreseen by Article 6 would prevent the unsatisfactory situation, whereby a large number of construction products may be placed on the market without accurate product information.

References: (reference: 10753/10 2008/0098 (COD))

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