The German DIBt system of approval of construction products before entry into market will have to change, to comply with European law, see our recent Blog entry.
DIBt issued a supplemental press release (in German) on 17 December 2015, describing the recent state of planning to revise the German regulation on low emitting construction products, to implement the decision of the European Court, see www.eurofins.com/dibt-barrier.
- The time schedule of the earlier announced changes was confirmed, see our recent Blog entry.
- It was confirmed that after 15 October 2016, the Ü mark must not be affixed to any CE marked product.
- German legislation is in planning that will specify which product properties must be fulfilled if authorities require use of low emitting products in certain buildings.
- DIBt declares that approvals (abZ) and certificates can be used to show compliance with these specifications also after 15 October 2016, until the end of their validity period.
- DIBt strongly recommends that the owners of the approvals continue to use the approvals (abZ) and the certificates for that purpose during the validity period. An extension of the validity until maximum April 2020 must be applied for before end of January 2016.
This deadline is relevant for sending the application to DIBt; any necessary documents can be sent later. You will find the application documents on the webpage of DIBt under the headline “Forms”.
- DIBt recommends to continue the external surveillance (audits, retesting) during that time as specified in the respective approval abZ document.
The certification body of Eurofins Product Testing A/S is about to prepare a pragmatic and cost-efficient approach that allows certification of low emitting products for the future German regulations and in parallel for the other VOC regulations across Europe. Last modifications of this approach may occur after the final German regulation is published. For more details, please contact our certification body with its newly appointed manager, Thomas Neuhaus, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.