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Construction Products Regulations due this year

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The European Commission is proposing to replace the Construction Products Directive with the Construction Products Regulations.

The aim is to remove all remaining regulatory and technical obstacles to the free trade of construction products in the European Union and simplify the CE Marking process.

It is expected to be approved this year and if accepted they will come in to force in July 2011.

Dr David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering, said: “The main difference between the current directive and the proposed regulations, is that the regulations will be mandatory in all EU member states.”

Currently CE Marking of construction products in the UK and the Republic of Ireland is voluntary, but this will become mandatory once the regulations are in place.

The relevant European harmonised standard for CE Marking fabri-cated steelwork is EN 1090-1 Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures – Part 1 Requirements for conformity assessment of structural components.

A copy of the proposal is available on the Europa website at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ construction/index_en.htm 

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