New statement by German Institute for Structural Engineering concerning future of national technical approvals

Thursday, 14. January 2016

Category: Law, Construction products, furniture, paint and varnish, Customer information of eco-INSTITUT

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

with this first customer info of the new year 2016 we would like to inform you about the new statement by the German Institute for Structural Engineering (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik – DIBt) about the legal position concerning national technical approvals (allgemeine bauaufsichtliche Zulassungen – abZs) after the CJEU’s judgment of Oct 16, 2014 which can be summarised as follows:
1. National technical approvals (abZs) for construction products not covered by harmonised standards are not affected by the CJEU judgment. I.e. for all those products national technical approvals remain to be mandatory as proof for usability.
2. In the revision of the Model Building Regulation it is stipulated building control cannot require national proofs of usability and marks of conformity (Ü marks) for construction products bearing the CE mark following the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR). Accordingly, for CE marked construction products the function of national technical approvals as proof of usability will not be applicable in the future and the usage of the Ü mark will not be allowed any more. These changes are estimated to become effective on Oct 15, 2016, when the Building Rules List B Part 1 and the additional requirements are supended.
3. Approvals being valid beyond this date may be – according to the current consulting state – used for building control during their remaining time of validity as technical proofs of national requirements being relevant for a building if the respective declared  performance of the construction product does not comply with national requirements being building relevant. In this case, the DIBt recommends to further fulfill the regulations for self and external inspection.*

This statement of DIBt you can read in total here. Unfortunately it is currently available only in German.*

Further infos on the CJEU judgment and the first statement by DIBt, dated April 2015, you finde here. *

eco-INSTITUT remains to be at your disposal as inspection and product emissions tesing body. Don’t hestitate to contact us for further infos at or  +49-221-931245-30.
eco-INSTITUT Cologne wishes you all the best for 2016!

*All information supplied without liability.

Since beginning of October 2016 Daniel Tigges belongs, by the side of Dr. Frank Kuebart, to the management of eco-INSTITUT Germany GmbH. Read more


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