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)

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)

Guidance for the preparation of answer to mandate for dangerous substances
Template for answer to mandates on dangerous substances (TF N 620) (word format)

General Guidance for ENs in the Construction Sector
Guidance to specification writers (CSS N 001 TF 306, upd 2005-05) (word format)
Guidance on the use of notes and verb forms in European Standards (TF N102_Rev 2 upd 2003-06) (pdf format)
Guidance on the use of the CEN/ISO templates for preparing European Standards (TF N244_Rev 1 upd 2003-08) (pdf format)
Mandates under the Construction Products Directive (CPD) addressed to CEN/CENELEC (BTS1 N877 Rev 1) (pdf format)
Addendum to BTS1 N877 Rev 1 (pdf format)
Supplement to CEN BTS1 N877 Rev1 Amended (CMF 032_rev2_1999-06) (pdf format)
Amendment to the answer to the mandate/Work Programme (TF N230_upd 2003-07) (pdf format)
Mandates in the Building and Civil Engineering Field leading to harmonized European Standards (CMF N070) (pdf format)
Conversion of work items, draft European Standards (prEN), and European Standards (EN) into harmonized European Standards (hEN) (CMF N090_rev1) (pdf format)
Normative references (CMF N161_rev1) (pdf format)
Dealing with an absence of normative reference (TF N101_Rev 1 upd 2001-07) (pdf format)
Normative references for raw materials (CMF N074_rev3_1999-10-25) (pdf format)
The role and responsibilities of Technical Committees and CEN Consultants (TF N249_upd 2003-02) (pdf format)
Procedure for the approval of work programmes by the CEN Consultants in the Construction Sector (CMF N140) (pdf format)
European Commission Mandates database
Allocation of Mandates to CEN Consultants (TF N337R13_2013-05) (pdf format)

Eurocodes specific
Policy guidelines and procedures for CEN/TC 250, Structural Eurocodes (N250 rev2_2007-03-20) (pdf format)
Guidelines for preparing EN Eurocode parts for submission to CMC to launch FV (N600 rev1_2004-12-03) (pdf format)
Structural aspects - CEN/TC 250 'Structural Eurocodes' and other CEN/TCs (BTS1 11/1992) (pdf 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.