Failure to comply with CPR leaves companies operating illegally

ggfThe Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has warned that some window and door companies are operating illegally as a result of their failure to comply with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The CPR, which came into effect on 1 July 2013, was described as ‘the most significant change for a decade’ affecting the way in which construction products are sold in Europe. As a result of the CPR, it is now mandatory for construction manufacturers to apply CE marking to any of their products covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA).

Although it is a legal requirement, the GGF claims that some window and door companies are still not complying with this new legislation, a year on from its implementation.

Giles Willson, GGF chief executive and director of technical affairs, said: “Installers need to be CE marking the window if they buy frames/glass separately because they are placing the finished product on the market.

“Glazed frames are the responsibility of the fabricator who places these on the market by selling them to the installer.”

A more in-depth Q&A with Giles Wilson in relation to the CPR will appear in GGF News in the August issue of GGP.

For more information on CPR and the route to CE marking please visit www.ggf.org.uk/ce-marking