CCPI launched to raise standards in construction product information

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The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), Code guidance and a ‘Preparing for the Code’ information pack have been launched to raise standards in construction product information

The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) has been developed as a direct response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The CCPI promotes urgent positive culture and behaviour change in the approach and management of product information by the construction product manufacturing industry.

It gives manufacturers the opportunity to demonstrate a progressive approach through their willingness to provide assurance for their product information, and recognition for their efforts to prioritise product safety.

It aims to ensure that disingenuous marketing practices and the provision of misleading product information becomes a thing of the past.

An eleven-point code

The Code for Construction Product Information – developed by the Construction Products Association’s marketing integrity group following industry-wide consultation – has been built on the principle that product information must be clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous.

The code has eleven clauses covering critical aspects from responsibility for product information to transparency of information regarding performance, proof of stated claims and general information and competency.

An independent and robust validation process is being put in place to underpin the code.

‘Time for our industry to demonstrate its integrity’

Adam Turk, chairman of the Construction Products Association’s (CPA) marketing integrity group, said: “I am delighted that the code has been completed, with responsibility now handed over to the team at CPI Ltd who will administer and run it.

“The entirety of the construction industry has contributed to this work over the last three years, through numerous engagements, a Call For Evidence and an industry consultation.

“My sincere thanks go to the many members of the marketing integrity group and the technical sub-committee; your input, engagement, earnest debate and stoic determination to get this right is to be commended and applauded. The industry is indebted to you.

“There has been overwhelming support for the principle of the code itself as we endeavour to re-instil confidence in construction products generally. It is now time for our Industry to demonstrate its integrity by getting behind the code, and putting building safety first.

“The faster that all manufacturers register their interest and begin the journey, the sooner that users of our information will be able to rely on it to be clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous.”

Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commented: “Clear and unambiguous product information is an essential element in rebuilding confidence and trust which was lost after the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.

“I am pleased to see industry taking action and publishing the Code for Construction Product Information.

“Responsible manufacturers can and should now lead the way in doing the right thing and be recognised for doing so.”

Preparing for the CCPI

Alongside Code guidance, a ‘Preparing for the Code’ information pack has been published to help manufacturers gain an understanding of the Code and prepare for the verification journey.

Registration for verification will open towards the end of 2021, supported by detailed guidance. Organisations can register their interest now to receive updates ahead of the launch of verification.

Independently managed Code and verification

Management of the published code and its verification has been formally handed over from the Construction Products Association to Construction Product Information Ltd (CPI Ltd) – a newly established not-for-profit organisation with independent governance and management being set-up to administer the CCPI.

Amanda Long, chief executive of Construction Product Information Ltd, added: “The Code should be a priority for all involved with construction product manufacturing.

“By focusing on culture, leadership and ethics the Code for Construction Product Information will build trust and is a progressive step towards ensuring that building safety is a priority for those responsible for the provision of construction product information.

“Enabling responsible manufacturers to assure their product information and be recognised for their efforts, the Code will support urgent and positive culture and behaviour change in the industry ahead of regulation.”

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