Continuity of requirements under the Construction Products Regulation when the UK leaves the European Union

19 Dec 2018 03:32 PM

The government has published a statutory instrument in relation to the Construction Products Regulation regime in the UK.

The government yesterday (18 December 2018) laid a statutory instrument to ensure a functioning Construction Products Regulation (CPR) regime when the UK leaves the European Union. These changes are necessary to reflect that the UK will no longer be an EU member state from 29 March 2019.

This statutory instrument delivers the policy approach set out in the technical notice that was published on 13 September 2018. These arrangements will apply in the event that the UK exits the European Union without a deal in March 2019. We do not want or expect a no deal scenario, however it is the duty of a responsible government to prepare for every eventuality including the possibility of no deal.

The UK regime will maintain the requirement on manufacturers to declare the performance of their construction product, in accordance with product standards, when the product is placed on the UK market. The key elements of this legislation are as follows:

This approach will ensure that the Construction Products Regulation regime continues to operate effectively in the UK after we have left the European Union and will provide legal certainty in the event of no deal.

Further information

See the statutory instrument that the government has laid.

A summary of the legislation is contained in the explanatory memorandum.

See the technical notice published previously.

This legislation is subject to the affirmative parliamentary procedure. It must be debated and approved by both Houses before it can be made (signed into law) and brought into effect as law.

The UK will leave the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019.

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