CE Marking of construction products was introduced in the Construction Products Directive (CPD) in 1988. The CPD is a European Directive that seeks to remove barriers to trade and applies to all construction products permanently incorporated in to ‘construction works’. This includes steel products such as steel sections, structural bolts, welding consumables and fabricated steel components that are used in buildings, bridges, highways and other civil engineering structures.
In the UK the CPD was enforced by the Construction Products Regulations 1991 (CPR 1991) which described two ways of complying with the CPD. The first was by CE Marking and the second was by supplying, when asked, Trading Standards Officers in England, Wales and Scotland and Environmental Officers in Northern Ireland, all the information on the product to enable the authorities to satisfy themselves that the product complies with the regulations and the requirements of the CPD. Therefore the CPD was never seen as mandatory in the UK.
All this has now changed and on 1st July 2013 the Construction Products Directive (CPD) was replaced by another piece of EU legislation called the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). The main change is that unlike a European directive a European regulation is mandatory in all member states.