Product Contact Point for Construction

Article 10 of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (known as the Construction Products Regulation or the “CPR”), requires all Member States within the European Union to designate Product Contact Point for Construction pursuant to Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 764/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down procedures relating to the application of certain national technical rules to products lawfully marketed in another Member State and repealing Decision No 3052/95/EC

THIS WEBPAGE IS IRELAND’S PRODUCT CONTACT POINT FOR CONSTRUCTION

The role of the Product Contact Point for Construction is to provide information and guidance on the national rules and regulations applicable to the incorporation, assembly or installation of products in construction works.  In broad terms, Product Contact Point for Construction are required, at the request of, inter alia, an economic operator (i.e. a manufacturer, importer or distributor) or a competent authority of another Member State, to provide the following information:

  • the technical rules applicable to a specific type of product in the territory in which those Product Contact Points are established and information as to whether that type of product is subject to a requirement for prior authorisation under the laws of their Member State, together with information concerning the principle of mutual recognition and the application of this Regulation in the territory of that Member State;
  • the contact details of the competent authorities within that Member State including the particulars of the authorities responsible for supervising the implementation of the technical rules in question in the territory of that Member State; and
    the remedies generally available in the territory of that Member State in the event of a dispute between the competent authorities and an economic operator.

It should be noted that matters relating to the interpretation of the CPR do not fall within the remit of the Product Contact Point for Construction.  In this context, the European Commission has produced a suite of Frequently Asked Questions covering the Construction Products Regulations to assist interested parties in these matters.

Information should be provided using transparent and easily understandable terms, insofar as this is possible given the technical nature of the subject matter, on the provisions within the Member State’s territory aimed at fulfilling basic requirements for construction works applicable for the intended use of each construction product, as provided for in Article 6(3)(e) of the Construction Products Regulation.

The seven basic requirements for construction works as set out in Annex I to the Construction Products Regulation are:

  1. Mechanical resistance and stability.
  2. Safety in case of fire.
  3. Hygiene, health and the environment.
  4. Safety and accessibility in use.
  5. Protection against noise.
  6. Energy economy and heat retention.
  7. Sustainable use of natural resources.

Legislation and Technical Guidance

National provisions aimed at fulfilling the basic requirements for the construction of buildings are available at the following links:

National provisions aimed at fulfilling the requirements for the construction of roads and bridges are available at NRA Design and Contract Document Manuals

Information on national standards, standard recommendations and national annexes may be obtained from the National Standards Authority of Ireland website at Product Standards.

Other queries

All other queries relevant to the national provisions in Ireland aimed at fulfilling the basic requirements for the construction works may be addressed to pcp@housing.gov.ie.

For information on the provision of Product Contact Point for Construction in other Member States of the European Union, please refer to the full list of Product Contact Point for Construction

For more information about the Regulation including a CE marking “step by step” guide, see the European Commission’s DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs website.

Market Surveillance of Construction Products

Construction Products Regulation (CPR)