Both regulations set down seven Basic Requirements for Construction Works (BRCW) with new rules on sustainability and the impact of a product’s life cycle. More.
Manufacturers now have legal responsibility for the claims about a product’s performance characteristics. They must issue an official Declaration of Performance (DoP), which distributors have to pass on to their customers.
The importer also has more responsibilities, including being required to pass all relevant product information down the supply chain as well as ensuring that the manufacturer has complied with obligations. The importer must also be identified on the product.
The regulations set down five components for an official ‘Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance’ (AVCP) in line with harmonised or designated standards. There are five overall AVCP categories: 1+, 1, 2+, 3 & 4, with a full list here.
Manufacturers are not legally required to give the AVCP categories on their panels although many do. Those relevant to US trademarked products are:
CE 2+ or UKCA 2+ (for structural applications) Product marked CE 2+ or UKCA 2+ can also be used for non-structural applications, so long as buyers have checked under which Attestation of Conformity the panel has been assessed.
CE 4 or UKCA 4 (non-structural applications only).
The AVCP also allocates specific responsibilities for manufacturers and whether an independent certification body is required.
Panels without an official Mark of Approval can still be legally used where they are not part of any permanent construction, for example concrete formwork, crating, hoarding and non-permanent buildings.