How can I find out if a product certificate/test report is false or not?

by Bregs Blog admin team

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by Orla Hegarty, MRIAI on 13th October 2014

How can I find out if a product certificate/test report is false or not? – Construction Products Regulations

If you are the Assigned Certifier, you will be certifying compliance with the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) and that means checking that the materials on the site are compliant  and that the product documentation is legitimate.

The Department of the Environment advise that building professionals should review the manufacturer’s Declaration of Performance to ensure that the products are “proper materials… which are fit for the use for which they are intended and for the conditions in which they are to be used”, and check National Annexes or Standard Recommendations” (see post here:)

The national market surveillance authorities are primarily responsible for investigating cases of suspicion about the legality of product certificate/test reports issued under the CPR. However, a quick preliminary check may be done, via the NANDO information tool, in order to find out if the Notified Body is competent to issue a given product certificate/test report as follows.

1) If the certificate/test report has been issued BEFORE 1/7/2013,
2) If the certificate/test report has been issued AFTER 1/7/2013

Looking on the corresponding website you should be able to find the EN which is covering the product and then, if you click on this EN you will be transferred to a list of all notified bodies which have the authorisation to issue certificates/test reports for this specific product BEFORE 1/7/2013 (or AFTER 1/7/2013 in the second case). If the certificate/test report has been issued by one of the bodies mentioned in this list, the certificate is most probably a genuine one.

If the European standard (EN) is not mentioned in any of the two NANDO lists of harmonised standards indicated above, or if the notified body is not in the list of notified bodies for the specific EN, you will most probably be faced with a false certificate / test report or with a certificate from a body which is NOT a notified body under the Construction Products Directive / Regulation.

In these last two cases contact the market surveillance** authorities  of the country in which the product is sold.

It might also prove helpful to contact the notified body in order to ask for confirmation of the authenticity of the certificate / test report.

Question 30 at

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/construction/faq/index_en.htm

**The market surveillance authorities in Ireland are the Building Control Departments in the local authorities.

Posts of interest:

BC(A)R SI.9 + Construction Product Regulations 2013

Certifiers to keep records of all materials used on sites under BC(A)R SI.9

Law Society : Certifier is single point of responsibility

Assigned Certifiers facing jail? BC(A)R SI.9

7 posts all architects (surveyors + engineers) should read

RTÉ Radio 1 Clip: RIAI confirms call for deferral of BC(A)R SI.9

The compelling case for Deferral of Building Control (Amendment) Regulation (SI.9 of 2014)

Revised Part D here: part d building regulations

Department of the Environment Link:
BuildingStandards Construction Products Regulation

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