A construction product is defined as a product or a system of products used in construction and left as a permanent part of the construction object.
It should be noted that a product is not considered a construction product if it is used during construction work on the construction site and removed after finalising the construction phase.
The CE marking and Declaration of Performance are compulsory for products for which a harmonised standard is published.
A CE marking affixed to a construction product indicates that the product fulfils all the requirements for free movement within the European Economic Area.
In practice, this means:
- The performance declared in the CE marking is defined with the same methods throughout the EU area.
- The requirements set for construction product manufacturer’s production quality control and third-party supervision are the same throughout the EU area.
The objective of the CE marking is to create an effective and functional EU single market for construction products.
With the information of the CE marking, it is easy to compare construction products by different manufacturers and select the best product for the purpose in question. The CE marking of a construction product does not indicate public authority approval.
Before affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer must make sure that if other EU Directives (such as the Machinery Directive and Low-Voltage Directive) or regulations apply to the product, the product fulfils such requirements as well. A construction product subject to several Directives or Regulations cannot be CE-marked on the basis of the Construction Products Regulation (EU) only.
Tukes acts as the market surveillance authority in Finland for construction products subject to the CE marking according to the Land Use and Building Act of Finland.