On 24 October 2022, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint EEA EFTA Comment to the European Commission on its proposal for a revised Construction Products Regulation (CPR). EEA EFTA Comments are one of the tools used by the EEA EFTA States to participate in shaping EU policies, programmes and legislation.
On 30 March 2022, the Commission adopted a proposal for a regulation repealing the current CPR and harmonising conditions for the marketing of construction products. The proposed regulation is part of a package aimed at making sustainable products the norm, boosting circular business models and empowering consumers to participate in the green transition.
The revised CPR strengthens and modernises construction product rules that have been in place since 2011, and aids standardisation bodies in carrying out their work to develop common European standards. It also offers digital solutions to reduce the administrative burden, for instance by including a construction product database and a digital product passport.
The EEA EFTA States welcome the revision of the CPR, and support the aims to create a better functioning Internal Market for construction products, to contribute to the green and digital transition and to increase the safety of construction products. They also welcome the initiative taken by the Commission to work with Member States, industry and other relevant stakeholders to revise standardisation requests.
Common efforts to digitalise the construction sector are also supported by the EEA EFTA States. They welcome initiatives to allow the digital processing of information and documentation, and would appreciate the opportunity to share best practices in this area.
However, the EEA EFTA States are of the view that construction products manufactured on site for the immediate incorporation into construction works and prefabricated one-family houses should be excluded from the scope of the CPR. In their view, these types of products should remain a matter of national competence, since they are not subject to cross-border trade.
Read the full text of the EEA EFTA Comment here.
A full list of EEA EFTA Comments is available here.
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