On 25th June 2012, NORMAPME took part in the panel on practical instruments provided by the CPR (Construction Product Regulation).
In its presentation, NORMAPME referred to a clause in the CPR to provide, where appropriate, less onerous methods rather than testing for assessing the performance of construction products.
Although it is not new for standard writers to consider alternative methods to testing in standards, NORMAPME welcomes this clause from a legal point of view. It is now an obligation for the European standard writers to consider less onerous methods in the standards making process in the construction sector, giving an argument for technical experts in the technical discussion. It might also give an argument in an appeal procedure in CEN.
The CPR conference took place on 25th June 2012 and attracted more than 500 stakeholders. Presentations and a recording of the live webcasting of the conference will be available under http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/construction/events/index_en.htm and on the EC Webcast Portal (http://webcast.ec.europa.eu/eutv/portal/index.html).