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SATRA seminar on Construction Products Regulations widely attended

Obligations under CPR

26th May 2017

Four years after the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) came into force, many manufacturers of floorcoverings are still unsure of their responsibilities under this regulation.

SATRA recently held an open day of seminars at its head office in Northamptonshire focused on the obligations. The event was widely attended by delegates from well-known manufacturers, distributers and retailers. Feedback from delegates was excellent and further seminars are being planned for October this year.

The event was hosted by Andrew Craggs, SATRA’s technical expert on certification of products under the CPR, who commented “The Construction Products Regulation came into force 1st July 2013, however, many people who work within the floorcoverings industry are unaware of key points, such as the requirement to test to a harmonised standard and not just a fire classification.”

The harmonised standards contain additional requirements including which testing should be used to check for VOCs, as well as other properties, such as thermal resistance or electrical resistance.

Products covered by EU regulations must bear the CE mark. This signifies that the manufacturer is declaring that the product meets the requirements of all relevant regulations and directives. These regulations are legally binding so it is imperative that companies remain aware of their obligations.

As well as practical demonstrations of floorcoverings testing the delegates had the benefit of a short presentation about their requirements under current REACH legislation. SATRA offers more comprehensive training on this subject.

An additional seminar is now being planned for the final quarter of the year along with a short presentation at the Flooring Show in September.

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