CPR under the spotlight

News Item
02 Feb 2017
A new report has quantified the cost and administrative burdens of the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR) on industry.

Published in January 2017, the European Commission’s final report on the Economic Impacts of the CPR was the result of an EU-wide consultation with construction products manufacturers and distributors as well as professional and private end-users. It was undertaken to gather qualitative and quantitative information on the costs and benefits specifically stemming from the CPR.

Some of the key findings of the report are:

  • Manufacturers are facing relatively significant annual administration burden to comply with the CPR
  • Time spent on the Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE marking related activities can be as much as 1.3 full time employees for large companies
  • Total annual administrative burden to comply with CPR obligations is estimated at €2.62bn at EU level (0.6% of total turnover of the EU construction products sector)

“We are not surprised by these findings,” comments Phil Brown, European Regulatory Marketing Manager for NSG Group. “Initial and on-going costs for compliance for all companies – small, medium and large - are not insignificant. It is encouraging to see that the European Commission has recognised this.”

In the report, the project consultants also identified opportunities for reduced costs and increased market opportunities for manufacturers and distributors.

“There are positives associated with the CPR,” adds Phil. “It has provided a common technical language for products across Europe. This may become even more important post-Brexit, depending upon the trade agreement between the UK and the EU. The option to provide the DoP in electronic form has been helpful in reducing unnecessary costs and not drowning customers in excessive paperwork.”