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Construction Products Regulation (CPR) - Regulation (EU) No 305/2011

Updated on 24.06.2024

This is Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC (Text with EEA relevance). This Regulation lays down conditions for the placing or making available on the market of construction products by establishing harmonised rules on how to express the performance of construction products in relation to their essential characteristics (e.g. thermal conductivity or sound insulation) and on the use of circular economy (CE) marking on those products.

Author: European Commission
Date of adoption: 09.03.2011

Key objectives and (or) targets related to cities & regions

The Regulation defines construction products as products placed on the market for incorporation in buildings and civil engineering works in a permanent manner. This includes for instance cement, windows, roof tiles or fire detection systems. The Regulation provides a common technical language to assess the performance of construction products. The responsibility for ensuring that a product has the correct characteristics for a particular application rests with the designers, contractors and local building authorities. Local authorities can carry out a critical role in the enforcement of product safety.


The Regulation aims to ensure that reliable information is available to professionals, public authorities, and consumers, so they can compare the performance of products from different manufacturers in different countries. To this end, the Regulation outlines basic requirements for construction works and essential characteristics of construction products (Art 3., Annex I). When a construction product is covered by a harmonised standard or conforms to a European Technical Assessment which has been issued for it, the manufacturer shall draw up a declaration of performance when such a product is placed on the market (Art. 4-7). All construction products for which the manufacturer has drawn up a declaration of performance should have the CE marking (Art. 8). The Regulation defines obligations of economic operators such as manufacturers, authorized operators, importers and distributors (Art. 11-16).


The proposal for a revised Construction Products Regulation (CPR) was adopted on 30 March 2022. The proposal aims to address the points which will allow to meet broader policy priorities, particularly on the European Green Deal, and to speed up the use of digital technologies in the ecosystem. The new CPR aims to:


  • ensure a smooth functioning of the Single Market and free movement of construction products;
  • address the sustainability performances of construction products;
  • enable the construction ecosystem's contribution to meeting climate and sustainability goals and embrace the digital transformation, because its competitiveness depends on this;
  • ensure that harmonised standards contribute to the competitiveness of the ecosystem and reduce market barriers.


More information on the Construction Products Regulation can be found here:


The text of the proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products, amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 and repealing Regulation (EU) 305/2011 can be found here:

Examples of how it was adopted/transposed by Member States

On 24 October 2019, the Commission published a Staff Working Document – Evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC:

Since the harmonised system created in or by means of the CPR is largely implemented by Member State public authorities, this assessment also examines, where appropriate, the relationship with Member States’ legislation.

Key dates

  • Date of document: 09/03/2011
  • Date of effect: 24/04/2011; Entry into force Date pub. +20 See Art 68
  • Date of effect: 01/07/2013; Application Partial application See Art 68
  • Date of end of validity: No end date