New regulations come into force today making it a legal requirement for construction products manufactured under the scope of harmonised European standards to contain the CE mark.
The ‘Construction Products Regulations (CPR)’ commands member states of the EEA to ensure that construction products placed on the market will allow the finished structure to comply with seven ‘Basic Works Requirements’.
These relate to areas such as safety in case of fire, energy economy and heat retention.
Although the legislation has been described as having the potential to “significantly change” the landscape of the construction industry, it is expected to have a limited impact on the commercial kitchen sector.
Only a handful of commercial kitchen items are understood to be affected by the ruling, such as waste water products and linear drainage systems.
The aim of the CPR is to remove technical barriers to trade between European Member States for all construction products by using a common standard agreed by all countries.
One manufacturer with links to the catering equipment space that has been aware of the July 1 legislation for some time is ACO Building Drainage, which supplies kitchen drainage and grease management systems.
At its recent building drainage conference it revealed it began introducing CE marking on its standard range more than two years ago.
“To ensure they comply with CE marking requirements, our products are subject to third party testing by an accredited Notified Body, an organisation which is authorised by the EU to carry out such assessments,” it stated. “This means our customers can be confident that our products are legal and conform fully with the requirements which come into force at the start of [this] month.”