The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) – Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 – lays down harmonised rules for the marketing of construction products in the EU. The CPR is set to be reviewed in the coming years by the European Commission.
The Regulation provides a common technical language to assess the performance of construction products. It ensures that reliable information is available to professionals, public authorities, and consumers, so they can compare the performance of products from different manufacturers in different countries.” (source European Commission). Harmonised standards, developed by CEN, as well as providing technical information about a product, contain a part (Annex ZA) laying out the rules of for the CE marking and drawing up a declaration of performance (DoP) in accordance with the CPR. The European cement standard, EN 197-1, was the first harmonised standard in Europe.
In the last years the European Commission has been introducing formal legal conditions and requirements to the content of harmonised standards, some of them coming from successive rulings of the European Court of Justice (C-100/13, C-613/14 James Elliot, T-229/17The cement industry is particularly frustrated with this situation, as the revision process of the cement standard EN 197-1 has been dragged over 6 years, resulting in a delay in introducing new lower carbon cements into the market, and thereby thwarting the transition to a climate neutral society.
The CPR is set to be revised in the coming years by the European Commission. The European Commission has presented several policy options for the long-term revision of the CPR to Member States. However, the construction industry, and the cement industry in particular, needs solutions to remove the current backlog of standards and allow the industry to work with up-to-date standards, especially needed to boost economic recovery due to the COVID-19 outbreak and to reach policy objectives such as the climate policies, the EU Green Deal and circular economy.