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Construction Products Contact Point (PCPC)

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Each Member State has designated a Contact Point in its territory to ensure that the principle of mutual recognition is correctly applied.

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, establishes that Member States shall designate construction product contact points to ensure the accessibility of national technical rules so that enterprises, and in particular SMEs, can gather reliable and precise information about the law in force in the Member State where they intend to place or make available on the market their products.

Each Member State shall ensure that the Product Contact Points for Construction provide information, using transparent and easily understandable terms, on the provisions within its territory aimed at fulfilling basic requirements for construction works applicable for the intended use of each construction product.

In Spain, the PCPC is integrated into the Directorate-General for Trade Policy, under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MINCOTUR), Paseo de la Castellana, 162. 28046 Madrid. Tel. (+34) 91 349 3769; email:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a construction product?

For the purposes of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, it is any product or kit which is produced and placed on the market for incorporation in a permanent manner in construction works or parts thereof and the performance of which has an effect on the performance of the construction works with respect to the basic requirements for construction works.

Is the CE marking mandatory on a construction product?

It is mandatory in most cases where there is a harmonised standard that affects the product. In some cases, the CE marking is not mandatory even though the product and its intended use fall within the scope of a harmonised standard.

If the product to be marketed is not covered by any harmonised standard, CE marking may be applied on a voluntary basis.

For more detailed information on CE marking for construction products, you can consult the following guide: CE Marking for Construction Products STEP BY STEP [PDF] [881 KB].

What is a Harmonised Standard?

For the purposes of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 establishing harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products, "harmonised standard" means a standard adopted by one of the European standardisation bodies listed in Annex I to Directive 98/34/EC, on the basis of a request issued by the Commission, in accordance with Article 6 of that Directive.

What is a European Assessment Document?

For the purposes of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, establishing harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products, "European assessment document" means a document adopted by the organisation of TABs for the purposes of issuing European Technical Assessments;

What is the Declaration of Performance?

When a construction product is covered by a harmonised standard, the manufacturer will issue a declaration of performance when that product is placed on the market.

What should the Declaration of Performance contain?

The declaration of performance will express the performance of the construction product in relation to its essential characteristics, and must be accompanied by information about the content of hazardous substances in the construction product in order to improve the possibilities for sustainable construction and to facilitate the development of environmentally-friendly products.

What information must accompany a construction product that has CE marking?
  • Name and address of the manufacture
  • Unique identification code of the product -type
  • Reference number of the declaration of performance
  • Declared benefits
  • Reference to the harmonised technical specification
  • Identification number of the notified body
  • Intended use or uses
  • Web page where the declaration of performance can be found

For more information, consult the following guidance documents:

What are the contact details of the Competent Authorities for the regulation of CE marking for construction products?

The European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is part of the “harmonised product legislation” that regulates CE marking requirements. This regulation is prepared by the European Union and is applicable to all Member States. In Spain, the competent authority in tasks related to this matter is:

  • Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism
  • General Secretariat of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprise
  • Directorate-General for Industry and Small and Medium Enterprise
  • Sub-Directorate-General for Industrial Quality and Safety

Regarding the tasks of preparing technical specifications (UNE, EN, ISO) in Spain, the details are:

Asociación Española de Normalización - UNE (Spanish Standardisation Association)

Regarding the preparation of national provisions, these are the responsibility of the corresponding bodies in each case, depending on the matter in question (see list of national legislation).

Similarly, with respect to other tasks, such as market surveillance, these are the responsibility of the corresponding bodies in each case (for example, in matters of Quality and Industrial Safety, enforcement powers lie with the Autonomous Regions).