On 22 January 2018, the European Commission launched a public consultation on reviewing the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). Cerame-Unie (CU) replied to this consultation, which closed 16 April 2018.
In answering the consultation, Cerame-Unie highlighted that the CPR is essential to the industry and should remain the regulatory framework for construction products. CU is not in favour of a repeal of the CPR; a repeal of the CPR would increase costs dramatically. The role of the CPR is to establish harmonised rules for placing construction products on the EU market.
The CPR contributes to removing barriers to trade and improves the free movement of construction products in the EU. When a construction product is covered by a harmonised European standards (hEN), cited in the Official Journal of the European Union, the manufacturer draws up a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and affixes the CE marking to the product. hENs play an important role in establishing a level playing field for construction products across the Single European Market.
Nevertheless, CU emphasised that there is a need for simplifying the CE marking system. CU also referenced CU's own position paper on CPR published in July 2017.