EU Construction Product Regulation

EU Construction Product Regulation

There is now a law concerning certification.

The CE marking of wood products is no longer optional. On July 1, 2013 a new EU law became effective, thereby making CE marking on EN13915 and EN13986 wood products mandatory.

EU Construction Products Regulation CPR 305/2011

-- sets high demands regardless of whether you are a client, wholesaler, or manufacturer. Everyone is responsible for ensuring that performance is met within their area of responsibility. You cannot evade responsibility by referring to what the seller or manufacturer has told you. You should always request documentation. Remember: you must have the correct documentation and not incorrect documentation (e.g. fire tests).

  • CE marking - certification in accordance with EN14915 and EN13986.
  • Altered characteristics = control system in accordance with Annex ZA.
  • In other cases (e.g. K210/B-s1, d0 or SP-105), type approval certification shall apply.
These certifications must always be assured by:

A third party manufacturing control (e.g. SP, DBI, or Sintef).

There is a divided opinion on whether these labels assure quality. Some claim that the CE marking is merely a self-declared performance and that the type approval is an approval and proof of the products fulfilling Swedish building legislation. The correct information is that both the CE marking and the type approval are equivalent in terms of fire protection of wood as well as properties that alter the material of wood.

The CE mark is a common European marking that basically assures the quality of the contents. However, if the properties of the material are altered (e.g. through Woodsafe fire-retardant impregnation), the CE marking is also subject to the Annex ZA control system 1, the most stringent control system in terms of standards. This means that product quality is assured and reviewed according to the same criteria as the type approval.

NOTE: CE marking within the criteria of fire-retardant wood with material enhancing properties against fire can only be issued by an accredited notified body (e.g. SP). This means that the self-declaration of the manufacturer meeting the EN standard is not valid documentation when wood products are subject to rules against fire.

For a long time, Woodsafe has emphasised the importance of developers or purchasers using products that conform to fire safety requirements – on the same terms and under the right conditions. A product that demonstrates a fire test or a classification report can never be accepted on the basis of current building legislation. When selecting products that lack certification, the developer and purchaser are responsible for fully ensuring functional properties.

Below you will find examples of laws, regulations, and ordinances that govern the use of wood:

  • SFS 2010:900
  • National Board of Housing Building Regulation
  • EU: CPR 305/2011
  • Annex ZA and others

Woodsafe fireproof wood meets all requirements stated above. Changes in legislation and regulations are continuously monitored by Woodsafe and supplemented if necessary.

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