Information bulletin 02 - February 2018

In this bulletin:

  • Smoke toxicity of Construction Products
  • New Guideline to comply with the Construction Products Regulation
  • Public consultation on EU rules for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure works, open till 16 April
  • Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the Waste Shipment Regulation, open till 27 April 2018

 

Smoke toxicity of Construction Products

The European Commission has published the result of the study on the toxicity of smoke from construction products in fires. By clicking this hyperlink you can access the webpage where the document has been uploaded

In a nutshell:

  • There are no harmonised EU definitions to allow collecting good statistics across the Union (e.g. fire safety engineering, injuries and casualties);
  • Five countries have notified the EC for national regulations on the toxicity of smoke from construction products;
  • The number of deaths over the last 30 years is decreasing; The figures are not collected at EU level, and as a result the effectiveness of potential measures cannot be assessed;
  • So far, the answers collected in the course of the study do not prove that regulating the toxicity of smoke from construction products is required, and benefits of doing so are judged as limited.
  • Some interviewees believe that there could be greater benefits if the flammability and smoke toxicity of furniture’s would be addressed;

During the Advisory Group on Fire (meeting coordinated by the European Commission for fire issues under the CPR framework, the Commission pointed out the conclusions of the research on smoke toxicity without any surprising change compared to the written conclusions. Its main remark is that the topic will not close soon. The Commission is under pressure from other Institutions and stakeholders, and will therefore continue its investigations, even if there is a clear trend of reduced casualties due to Smoke toxicity (one life If can be solved is sufficient to continue the process).

Fire Safe Europe insisted (alone on this debate) to continue the research. They recommended the Commission to give a mandate to CEN with the aim to develop a new EN as a test method for construction products, but experts participating in the Advisory Group on Fire argued correctly that CEN is not a research organisation for this type of activities.

We will keep you posted about further developments.

 

New Guideline to comply with the Construction Products Regulation

Together with FAECF EA has updated our guideline helping metal window manufacturers to comply with the Construction Products Regulation EU No 305/2011. The new version of the document contains information related to the latest Commission Delegated Regulations complementing the CPR, and updated examples of Declaration of Performance and CE-marking in line with the revised windows product standard (EN 14351-1) that has recently been cited in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

Public consultation on EU rules for products used in the construction of buildings and infrastructure works, open till 16 April

The Commission is currently carrying out a joint evaluation and impact assessment for a possible EU initiative to revise EU rules on construction products.
The consultation will inform the Commission's evaluation and impact assessment report and the legislative proposal accompanying the report, if the outcome of the evaluation points towards the need to change the EU rules on construction products.
More info

 

Public Consultation on the Evaluation of the Waste Shipment Regulation, open till 27 April 2018

Article 60(2a) of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 on shipments of waste (Waste Shipment Regulation) calls upon the Commission to carry out a review of this Regulation by the end of 31/12/2020. In accordance with the Better Regulation Guidelines, an evaluation is the first step in this process. The purpose of the evaluation of the Regulation is to identify the good and bad practices in its implementation and assess whether this has met its objectives…
More info

 

 

For more information, please contact
Simon Meirsschaut
ESTAL Technical Coordinator
Tel +32 473 451 263
simonmeirrschaut@yahoo.com
or
Martine Kalmar
Secretary General
Tel. +41 44 772 22 77
Mail: secretariat@estal.org

ESTAL - Feb.2018

 

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