The objective of the European Construction Products Directive CPR is to ensure that reliable information is presented in relation to their performance – and all this in a harmonized manner across Europe, to facilitate cross-border trade within the European Union.
The concerned construction product shall be followed by a Declaration of Performance with a common technical language, as specified in the corresponding harmonized European product performance standards. The actual requirements still are specified by each EU Member State on its own.
CE marking in this context is the key tool and means just and only that a Declaration of Performance (DoP) following the product was drawn up in accordance with the specifications that are laid out in the corresponding harmonized European standard.
Please note that the European Construction Products Directive CPR does not define the safety of construction products or any other properties. This remains the responsibility of the national governments within the EU Member States.
All this is perceived by many actors in the industry as pretty complicated. Now you can see the intentions and the interpretation by the EU Commission in a summary report on purpose and status of the CPR (see some language versions: en – fr – de – nl – …). The report can be searched with the keywords “COM(2016) 445 final” for other languages. This report is quite clear and can help to clarify many questions.
- You can find official information on CE marking tailored for manufacturers, importers, distributors and consumers.
- Here you can find summary information issued by Eurofins: