Regulatory Affairs Directorate
Market Surveillance Directorate

Construction Products

Definition

“Construction Products” are products which are produced for incorporation in a permanent manner in the works and placed as such on the market.

“Incorporation of a product in a permanent manner in the works” means that its removal reduces the performance capabilities of the works; and that the dismantling or the replacement of the product is an operation which involves construction activities.

Examples: 

  • Although it helps in fulfilling the essential requirement of “energy, economy and heat retention”, a curtain is not regarded as a construction product. This is because its removal or dismantling does not involve construction activities. 

  • An expanded polystyrene (EPS) thermal insulation panel is regarded as a construction product. This is because apart from increasing the performance capability of the building in which it is installed in terms of energy performance, its removal from the building involves construction activities.

 

Applicable Regulations

Construction products are covered by the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC), which was transposed into Maltese legislation by means of L.N. 270 of 2001

As from 1 July 2013, construction products will be covered by the Construction Products Regulation (305/2011/EU) which was nationally implemented by means of L.N. 462 of 2011.

 

Aim of the Regulations

The aim of the applicable regulations is to provide a common technical language which offers common assessment methods of the performance of construction products and a common way in which to declare the performance of construction products.

The regulations covering construction products do no aim to harmonise building regulations acrossEurope. In fact, the performance requirements applicable to construction products vary across different Member States.

The contacts from which interested parties can get information on the national requirements applicable to construction products in different Member States are called Product Contact Points for Construction. The list of all the national product contact points will be made available on the European Commission’s website for the construction sector.