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Trade Advice Document

Trading advice from several sources is available to help businesses comply with the law.

The Health and Safety Executive website has advice on:

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute provides advice on a number of topics:

Construction products


In the guide

Essential information for suppliers of construction products, including CE marking


This guidance is for England, Scotland & Wales

It is mandatory for manufacturers to draw up a declaration of performance and apply CE marking to any of their construction products that are covered by a harmonised European Standard (hEN), or conform to a European Technical Assessment (ETA) that has been issued for them, when such a product is placed on the market.

EU Regulation (EU) 305/2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products covers four main elements:

  • system of harmonised technical specifications
  • agreed system of conformity assessment for each product family
  • framework of notified bodies
  • CE marking of products

Definition of a construction product

In EU Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, a construction product is defined as: 'any product or kit which is produced and placed on the market for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works or parts thereof and the performance of which has an effect on the performance of the construction works with respect to the basic requirements for construction works'.

Construction products include products such as doors, windows, shutters and gates, membranes, thermal insulation products, chimneys and flues, sanitary appliances, fire alarms, flooring, fire retardant products, space heating appliances, power cables, glass, and fixings.

DCLG guidance

The Department for Communities and Local Government has produced guidance (opens in a new window) on the Regulation, which can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Key legislation

Last reviewed / updated: December 2017

Please note

This information is intended for guidance; only the courts can give an authoritative interpretation of the law.

The guide's 'Key legislation' links may only show the original version of the legislation, although some amending legislation is linked to separately where it is directly related to the content of a guide. Information on amendments to UK legislation can be found on each link's 'More Resources' tab; amendments to EU legislation are usually incorporated into the text.

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