Brexit - Construction Products Regulation
The Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (CPR) is European Union (EU) legislation aimed at reducing technical barriers to trade and ensuring the free movement of certain construction products within the EU. You can read more about the CPR on our website.
Impact of Brexit
After Brexit, manufacturers, distributors and importers of construction products placing products on the Irish market will need to continue to comply with the CPR. In January 2018, the European Commission issued a notice Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Rules in the field of industrial products. The notice confirmed this. We have circulated this information to key industry stakeholders.
The notice has two key points:
- Manufacturers, importers, distributers and authorised representatives need to take the necessary steps to ensure that they hold certificates under the responsibility of an EU-27 Notified Body. This is to demonstrate EU compliance for their products placed on the EU market after the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU. This means that manufacturers, importers, distributers and authorised representatives need to arrange either for a transfer of their files and the corresponding certificates from the UK Notified Body to an EU-27 Notified Body, or to apply for a new certificate with an EU-27 Notified Body.
- Both authorised representatives and importers must be established in the EU-27 from the date that the United Kingdom leaves the EU.
In February 2019, the European Commission issued further guidance in relation to industrial products (including construction products covered by the CPR) in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement or ordered transition period. We have also issued this to stakeholders.
Builders, specifiers, designers, certifiers and others should be aware of the changes above. To comply with the Building Regulations, they should ensure that the CE Marking/Declaration of Performance and relevant product-related documentation is appropriate.
Notifying Authority - Department of Housing Planning and Local Government
We are responsible for policy and regulation of building standards, including implementation of the CPR. We are also the Notifying Authority for construction products that are covered by the CPR. A Notifying Authority is responsible for implementing the necessary procedures for the assessment, notification and monitoring of Notified Bodies. A Notified Body is a body that is designated to carry out certain conformity assessment procedures referred to in the applicable EU legislation.
The ‘Nando’ EU commission website provides the full listing of all current EU-wide Notified Bodies.
- The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has run a number of Brexit briefings in relation to products and is planning a series of additional Brexit construction events in March.You can find more information about the Brexit construction events and register for the NSAI Brexit roadshows on the NSAI website. NSAI - Information sessions
- Brexit - Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation