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Construction Products Regulation

Overview to Construction Products Regulation

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) sets down legal responsibilities for manufacturers, importers and suppliers.  It is now mandatory for all wood-based products to be CE marked. 

The CPR requires a manufacturer to produce an official Declaration of Performance (DoP) about a specific product and the performance characteristics for its intended end-use.

DoPs can now be made available by  on a manufacturer’s website – see APA’s guide to how to do this.  The EU has also introduced greater flexibility when drawing up a DoP. Learn more.

For more details, the UK’s Construction Products Association has compiled a guide in conjunction with British Board of Agrément, British Standards Institution and the Building Research Establishment. Download their detailed CPR Guidance.

The CPR has introduced seven ‘Basic Requirements for Construction Works’ (BRCW), of which the new BRCW No. 7 and the expansion of BRCW No. 3 define relevant product-specific information involving the life-cycle approach.

New system to assess product conformity

The six categories of the Attestation of Conformity are replaced by five categories in  an ‘Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance’ (AVCP) .

The two categories relevant to CE marked APA panels being supplied by member mills are:

  • AVCP CE 2+ (for structural and non structural applications)
  • CE 4 (non-structural applications only).
Category changes:

New: Five Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) categories: 1+, 1, 2+, 3 & 4

Replaced: Six Attestation of Conformity (AoC) categories: 1+,  1,  2+,  2 (not relevant to timber),  3 & 4.