Construction products 

The construction sector in CEN covers more than 3000 work items on product standards and test methods (for use in building and civil engineering).

Of these, about 600 European Standards are or will be harmonized under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), along with about 1500 supporting standards (test methods).

By using harmonized standards, the manufacturer will be in position to make the declaration of performance (DoP) of his product as defined in the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and to affix the CE marking. 

News and events

CEN Workshop Agreement - CWA 17316:2018 - Smart CE marking for construction products is now published. More info in 'Brief News'

Technical bodies and activities

The construction sector includes more than 80 technical bodies:

CEN/TCs linked to the construction sector:

Sector Forum

A Sector Forum is a platform aiming at facilitating the exchange of information between the different stakeholders, coordinating and identifying the standardization needs in a specific field of CEN work.
The CEN 'Construction Sector Forum' commonly called CEN Construction Sector Network was created in 1997 following a consultation with the CEN members, CEN/TCs, Industry, the EC and EFTA and some national authorities.
There is an open invitation to interested parties to express their interest in joining the CEN Construction Sector Network. In the first instance, please contact your national standards body.

European legislation and mandates

European Standards are developed in the context of European legislation and sometimes come in direct support to particular Directives or Regulations.
EU Regulations
CEN has developed a series of European Standards in support of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) EU 305/2011 (pdf format), that has replaced the Construction Products Directive (CPD) 89/106/EEC (pdf format).


Harmonized European Standards

Check the latest lists of European Standards referenced in the Official Journal of the European Union in support of Regulation (EU) 305/2011 and CPD 89/106/EEC.


Guidance for specification writers

Guidance for hENs under Construction Products Regulation (EU 305/2011)

CEN/CENELEC GUIDE - Rules for the drafting and presentation of candidate harmonized product standards for construction products (Draft version)

Template for Annex ZA (TF 681 rev1, 2015-06) (Word format)
How to draft clauses on Assessment and Verification of the Constancy of Performance - AVCP (TF 548, rev1 2012-03) (Word format)

EC Guidelines for hENs under the CPR (GROW C1 and CCMC - 28/06/2018)

European Commission standardization/mandates database

Guidance for the preparation of answer to mandate

Template for Answer to the Mandate/ Work Programme of the Standardization Request (Word format)

Introduction of new classes or threshold of performance

Template for requesting the introduction of new classes or thresholds (Word format)

Useful links and documents



More information related to the construction sector

For more information on European initiatives linked to the construction sector, please visit the EC website.