Prospect for a Revision of the Construction Product Directive

Published: 18 February 2008

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Product Safety Legislation

Construction products are within the remit of Orgalime constituency. It is a heterogeneous sector which includes a wide variety of products, including structural metal products, which includes the manufacture of metal structures and parts of structures, metal building and construction products in general.

Orgalime is therefore following the developments under the Construction Products Directive and the ongoing discussions about a foreseen revision of the directive. We welcome a revision of the existing directive and would welcome reliable and harmonised EU legislation in the field of construction products.

Orgalime welcomes the European Commission proposal to have a Regulation for construction products rather than a directive in order to avoid different national implementation and interpretations, something that has for a long time given rise to significant problems and barriers to trade for European manufacturers. The European industry needs a clear and harmonised framework with clear and harmonized definitions. This is of crucial importance for the competitiveness of European construction products manufacturers.

While the proposed Regulation clearly does not follow the “new approach” legislative technique, Orgalime would nevertheless appreciate seeing a proposal which follows as closely as possible the principles laid down in the “new approach” package for the accreditation and market surveillance aspects.

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