Abbreviations and terms

Abbreviations and terms used in the Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011


CE Marking 

By affixing the CE marking the manufacturer assures that the product agrees with the declared performance.


EAD (European Assessment Document) 

A document containing at least: a general description of the construction product, the list of essential characteristics, the methods and criteria for assessing the performance of the product in relation to those essential characteristics and principles for the applicable factory production control to be applied.


ETA (European Technical Assessment) 

The European Technical Assessment is issued on basis of a EAD and shall include: the performance of essential characteristics to be declared and technical details necessary for the implementation of the system of assessment and verification of constancy of performance.


NB (Notified Body) 

Notified Bodies are organisations designated by the national governments of the EU member states as being competent to make independent judgments about whether or not a product complies with the essential requirements laid down by each CE marking directive.


Notified Body must be a third-party organisation separate from the organisation or product it is assessing. Notified Body must be able to carry out all the third-party duties related to Assessment and verification of constancy of performance that have been assigned to it with the Annex V of this regulation and of which it has notified the European Commission, disregarding whether it carries out these duties by itself or has them carried out by a third party while taking responsibility for it.


TAB (Technical Assessment Body)  

Body in charge of technical assessment works in a designated field and carries out European technical assessments and publishes them.


AVCP (Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance) 

A system to assess and verify the stability of performance.

The term AoC level is commonly used to define how the performance of a given product can be assessed and verified.


DoP (Declaration of Performance) 

The DoP details the product and the standard and contains information about its performance in relation to the essential characteristics defined within the applicable harmonised technical specification.


STD (Specific Technical Documentation) 


Harmonised Standard 

Standard published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Also knows as hEn.


Harmonised Technical Specifications

Harmonised standard hEN or European assessment document (EAD)


Other abbreviations and terms


CPD (Construction Products Directive)

Directive 89/106/EEC

Repealed on 30 June 2013.


CPR (Construction Products Regulation)

Regulation (EU) No 305/2011

In force as a whole from 1 July 2013.


EOTA (European Organisation for Technical Approvals)

The European Organisation for Technical Approvals comprises of Approval Bodies nominated to issue European Technical Approvals (ETAs).

The organisation maintains a list of ETA approvals and ETAG documents enabling the approval.


ETAG (ETA Guideline)

This document contains the estimation criteria for the ETA approval.


NAS (National Application Standard)

A National Application Standard supplements a European Harmonised Standard and gives recommendations on what features need to be described on a construction product in varied use that is CE-marked according to the Harmonised Standard. It also specifies the minimum requirements or classes for these features.


Other Directives and Regulations


ATEX (atmosphères explosibles)

The ATEX Directive consists of two EU Directives describing what equipment and work environment is allowed in an environment with an explosive atmosphere.


CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures)

EU Regulation on chemical classification, markings and packaging



The EcoDesign Directive aims at improving environmental performance.


EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility)

The EMC Directive first limits electromagnetic emissions of equipment in order to ensure that, when used as intended, such equipment does not disturb radio and telecommunication as well as other equipment. The Directive also governs the immunity of such equipment to interference and seeks to ensure that this equipment is not disturbed by radio emissions when used as intended.


LVD (Low-Voltage Directive)

The LVD ensures that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits both provides a high level of protection for European citizens and enjoys a Single Market in the European Union.


MD (Machinery Directive)

The MD not only promotes the free movement of machinery within the Single Market, but also guarantees a high level of protection to EU workers and citizens.


REACH (Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals)

EU Regulation on registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals