The Code for Construction Product Information
The Code for Construction Product Information, developed by the CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group (MIG)*, sets a level playing field for all construction product manufacturers to ensure that the information they provide passes five acid tests.
In response to the Grenfell disaster, Dame Judith Hackitt published a report in 2018 – Building A Safer Future. The report confirmed radical change was needed for construction products, particularly in the areas of testing, information and marketing.
The MIG was set up to tackle shortcomings in ‘Product Information’ identified in Chapter 7 of ‘The Hackitt Report’. In 2019, the MIG launched a ‘Call For Evidence’ survey, which attracted over 500 respondents across the supply chain. The results from the survey confirmed that for product and performance information to be trusted, it must be:
These five points are the acid tests that stand behind the 11 Clauses of the new Code. The plan is to launch the Code later this year, following a period of consultation with the industry.
Once launched, we urge all construction product manufacturers to embrace the principles of this Code and for users of construction product information to only work with those Manufacturers that are registered as Code compliant. It is only by this approach that we will see the new Code adopted as commonplace, setting the standard for the communication of Construction Product Information.
The Code, detailed in the consultation report, is presented in an easy-to-read, digestible format. An industry-wide consultation on the new Code ran from the 1st February 2021 to the 31st March 2021. The aim was to gather views on the 11 Clauses in the Code, the implementation of the Code, and the ongoing management and policing of it once launched.
The Consultation is now closed. A published copy of the findings will be available from the end of April 2021.
For a copy of the published report, sign-up here.
For more on the Code and its 11 Clauses, download the report here.
*The Marketing Integrity Group
The Construction Products Association established the MIG to address the issues raised in The Hackitt Report, and to stand up to the credibility challenge facing our industry following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Led by the Chair Adam Turk and Vice Chair Catherine Fyfe, the Group has worked endlessly over the last two years to research industry views and develop a Code that will work for the industry, and importantly rebuild confidence, credibility and integrity in how our sector works, and the high-level technical competence that exists within it. More information on the work of the MIG can be found in the consultation report.