The new Construction Products Regulation came into force last July, requiring manufacturers of construction products to CE mark their products! A crucial part of the CE marking process is for the manufacturer to complete a Declaration of Performance, which provides conformity and performance information about the product that they have CE marked. This Declaration is required to be supplied with each product which is made available on the market and can be supplied in either paper or by electronic means, however the conditions for using the latter option were left with the Regulation as being ‘to be established by the Commission.’
Well, for those who wish to place their Declarations online, the wait is now over, as the European Commission have finally published the amendment Regulation (No 157/2014). The amendment sets out the conditions for making a declaration of performance on construction products available on a website, which are summarised below.
The economic operator shall:
- ensure that the content of the Declaration of Performance (DoP) is not altered after it has been made available on the website;
- ensure that the website where the DoP has been made available is monitored and maintained so that the website and the DoP are continuously available to recipients of the construction product(s);
- ensure that the DoP may be accessed by the recipients of the Construction Products free of charge for a period of 10 years after the product has been placed on the market (or for such other period that may be applicable);
- provide instructions to the recipients of the construction products on how to access the website and the Declaration
Manufacturers shall also ensure that every single product, or batch of the same products, is linked to a given Declaration of Performance by means of the unique identification code of the product-type.
The full text of the amendment regulation can be viewed on the European Commission’s website: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:052:0001:0002:EN:PDF
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