Cooperation

Standing Committee on Construction (SCC)

The Standing Committee on Construction (SCC) was set up on the basis of Article 19 CPD. Each Member State appoints two representatives. The representatives may be accompanied by experts. One representative of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Housing is in charge of the German delegation and conduct of negotiations within the SCC. On the basis of the law relating to the cooperation between Federal and Laender Governments in matters of the European Union the Federal Council nominated Mr. Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Breitschaft, President of DIBt, as representative of the Laender on the SCC. A representative of the Commission chairs the SCC.

The Committee examines any questions posed by the implementation and the practical application of the Construction Products Directive (Article 20.1. of the CPD). Except for two practically relevant matters the SCC only acts in an advisory function vis-à-vis the Commission. The exceptions are that the SCC takes binding decisions in connection with the determination of classes for requirements (if not laid down in the Interpretative Documents) and of the procedures for attestation of conformity.

Though the SCC has no authority to take decisions here, counseling on the granting of mandates for drawing up hENs and ETAGs was of significant importance. The standardization mandates foreseen have in the meantime been granted; on mandates for guidelines for ETAs will be discussed if corresponding requests for ETAs are made. During counseling on the mandates particular attention had to be paid to the fact that all nationally regulated requirements were included.

It is not intended for the SCC to deal with the result of a standardization mandate, i.e. with the draft hENs, but rather with the draft ETAGs developed by EOTA.

Another important field of the SCC is the formulation of guidelines for horizontal subjects which are the basis for the practical transposition of the CPD:

  • Guidance Paper A  The designation of notified bodies in the field of the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper B  The definition of factory production control in technical specifications for construction products
  • Guidance Paper C  The treatment of kits and systems under the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper D  CE marking under the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper E  Levels and classes in the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper F  Durability and the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper G  The European classification system for the reaction to fire performance of construction products
  • Guidance Paper H  A harmonised approach relating to dangerous substances under the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper I  The application of Article 4(4) of the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper J  Transitional arrangements under the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper K  The attestation of conformity systems and the role and tasks of the notified bodies in the field of the Construction Products Directive
  • Guidance Paper L  Application and use of Eurocodes
  • Guidance Paper M  Conformity assessment under the Construction Products Directive: Initial type-testing and factory production control

Besides the Member States also the industrial organizations concerned are represented on the Preparatory Group for the SCC which were invited to send their specialists as well as experts from the field of standardization. The Preparatory Group does the preliminary work for the SCC and is given the order to mainly discuss technical matters and prepare the meetings of the SCC. But also items of the agenda are being dealt with which include technical aspects of marginal importance, such as the Guidance Papers.

National mirroring of the Standing Committee

The Vorbereitende Ausschuss ('Preparatory Committee') EC harmonization is the national mirror committee for the SCC under the management of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Housing. Members are representatives from relevant departments as well as from federations of the construction industry.

The Koordinierungskreis Mandate ('Coordination Circle for Mandates') is a national committee, represented by the federal departments concerned (Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Housing; Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Federal Office for Radiological Protection; Federal Institution for Occupational Health and Safety and Occupational Medicine), the Laender (in particular the specialized committees for building techniques and building supervision), DIBt as well as DIN. The purpose of the 'Coordination Circle' is to prepare statements free of contradiction of the public authorities in questions in connection with the CPD. So the development of the mandates was accompanied intensively by the Commission in the 'Coordination Circle'. A major task of the 'Coordination Circle' at present is to check the European drafts of standards dispatched for comments. It has to be checked whether they correspond to the mandates and whether German requirement levels were taken into account.