The Construction Products Regulation is essential!
The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is a key legislation for fire safety in buildings. Repealing or downgrading its requirements would be negative both for EU citizens and for the EU industry.
Europe has been seen providing positive examples in fire safety standards to the rest of the world. This position needs to be maintained and built upon. The Construction Product Regulation is the legislation that has led the EU to look into issues related to fire safety such as smoke toxicity of construction products in fire, assessment of facades fire performance, etc.
Fire Safe Europe (FSEU) supports maintaining the CPR and improving the implementation, enforcement and effective standardization processes.
Construction Product Regulation – A taste of History
The Construction Product Regulation was adopted to replace the Construction Products Directive (CPD) in 2011.
The implementation, evaluation, and review of the Construction Product Regulation are dealt with by the European Commission DG GROW.
In 2017, the European Commission launched a review of the CPR.
The aim of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is to:
- Make the single market work properly and ensure the free movement of construction products in the EU, by laying down harmonised conditions for their marketing.
- Simplify the existing system, clarify concepts and definitions and increase the credibility of the whole structure.
The ongoing Construction Products Regulation (CPR) review is an opportunity to tackle major fire safety issues:
- Product safety: European standards need to be updated to reflect real fire safety risks by referring back to basic requirements.
- Product information for end-users: It is important for consumers to have access to reliable information about the fire performance of construction products. Today, there is still no information available to consumers and builders on the toxicity of smoke produced by burning construction products. Still, the majority of fire-related fatalities are due to the inhalation of toxic smoke. Smoke toxicity should be included in the harmonised standards, concretely, the CPR should consider both opacity and toxicity of smoke hazard
- Innovation in the construction products sector: Harmonised horizontal standards used to fulfill the requirements of the CPR should be given a fitness check every 5 years to ensure that they are still applicable to new construction products on the market
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