Department P – Presidential Department

The Presidential Department comprises the sections for national as well as European and international law. Other responsibilities of the Department include: liaising with other European technical assessment organisations, recognition and notification of independent third parties, keeping the regulatory framework for construction products and techniques, especially the Technical Building Rules, up to date and coordinating and carrying out market surveillance activities for harmonised construction products.

Section P 1 – National law, Coordination ARGEBAU

Dr Justus Achelis
Head of Section – National Law, Coordination ARGEBAU

Phone +49 30 78730 -337
Fax +49 30 78730 -11337
Email jac@dibt.de

Fields of Activity

  • National law
    • construction product law
    • building control law
    • general administrative law
    • technology law
    • environmental law
    • implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 305/2011) and of New Approach EU Directives into national law

Section P 2 – EOTA, UEAtc

Mr Matthias Springborn
Head of Section – EOTA, UEAtc

Phone +49 30 78730 -288
Fax +49 30 78730 -11288
Email msp@dibt.de

Fields of Activity

Standing Committee on Construction (SCC)

  • Analysis of documents and information from the Standing Committee on Construction; initiating, coordinating and preparing comments thereon
  • Participation in the Standing Committee on Construction and the Preparatory Committee EC Harmonisation

Liaison with the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA)

  • Contributing to the Executive Board and the Technical Board
  • Co-ordinating the development of European Assessment Documents (EAD)
  • Co-ordinating the issuance of European Technical Assessments (ETA) by DIBt
  • Co-ordinating DIBt commenting activities on draft EADs and, where relevant, draft ETAs prepared by other EOTA members

Liaison with the European Union for Technical Approval in Construction (UEAtc)

  • Contribution to UEAtc groups and committees
  • Co-ordinating the mutual recognition of tests carried out in the framework of approval procedures between UEAtc members ('confirmation procedure'), bilaterally or multilaterally as a Euro-Agrément procedure

Liaison with the World Federation of Technical Assessment Organisations (WFTAO)

  • Facilitating access to non-EEA markets (e.g. USA, Canada, China) for German and European manufacturers
  • Helping international manufacturers to obtain national technical approvals, construction technique permits, evaluations and European Technical Assessments (ETA) for the German and European markets.
  • Co-ordinating technical work among WFTAO members in the following areas:
    • joint development, harmonisation or adoption of technical guidelines
    • mutual recognition of test results
    • mutual recognition of approvals and assessment
    • knowledge sharing

Section P 3 – European and International Law

Ms Kerstin Abend
Head of Section – European and International Law

Phone +49 30 78730 -216
Fax +49 30 78730 -11216
Email kab@dibt.de

Fields of Activity

  • Legal affairs concerning European and international law
  • Legal matters relating to Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (Construction Products Regulation), its implementation and application
  • Legal matters relating to Regulation (EU) No 765/2008 setting out the requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 339/93
  • Legal matters relating to other areas of European law within the scope of DIBt's responsibilities, e.g. relating to the notification procedure for technical rules and provisions under Directive (EU) 2015/1532
  • Legal matters relating to market surveillance
  • Legislative procedures within the scope of DIBt's responsibilities

Section P 4 – Recognition and Notification of Third Party Bodies

Ms Heidelinde Fiege
Head of Section – Recognition and Notification of Third Party Bodies

Phone +49 30 78730 -369
Fax +49 30 78730 -11369
Email hfi@dibt.de

Fields of Activity

Recognition/notification of independent third-party bodies

  • Recognition and monitoring of testing laboratories, inspection and certification bodies in accordance with the State Building Codes
  • Keeping a list of the testing laboratories, inspection and certification bodies recognised in accordance with the State Building Codes
  • Notification of testing laboratories and certification bodies in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (CPR)
  • Coordination and assessment of general policy matters relating to recognition and notification

Secretariat for DIBt expert committees

  • SVA PÜZ 3 for general policy matters relating to recognition and notification
  • SVA PÜZ 4 for deliberation of applications for recognition or notification

Commenting activities

  • Comments on conformity assessment procedures and AVCP systems in standards
  • Comments on conformity assessment procedures in connection with national technical approvals
  • Comments on systems of assessment and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP systems)

Section P 5 – Technical Building Rules, Building Research

Ms Elke Schwarzwald
Head of Section – Technical Construction Rules (Technische Baubestimmungen), Building Research

Phone +49 30 78730 -255
Fax +49 30 78730 -11255
Email esw@dibt.de

Fields of Activity

Technical Building Rules

  • Co-ordinating update activities for the Model Administrative Provisions – Technical Building Rules (MVV TB) in consultation with the federal states
  • Preparing the publication of the Model Administrative Provisions - Technical Building Rules

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Building research

  • Administering the building research funds of the federal states for technical studies of general regulatory concern in the field of construction
  • General management of building research projects
  • Co-ordinating reporting activities related to the studies

Activities for the Conference of Construction Ministers (Bauministerkonferenz)

  • Notifying draft technical rules and provisions in the field of construction within the regulatory competence of the federal states under Directive (EU) 2015/1535
  • Secretariat for the Commission for Construction Engineering
    • Secretary: Ms Schwarzwald, DIBt (esw@dibt.de)
  • Secretariat for the project group Model Administrative Provisions – Technical Building Rules of the Commission for Construction Engineering
    • Secretary: Ms Borchmann, DIBt (abr@dibt.de)
  • Secretariat for the Commission for Planning and Budgeting of the Committee for Public Building Construction
    • Secretary: Ms Helbig, DIBt (mhe@dibt.de)

Section P 6 – Market Surveillance

Dr Ipek Ölcüm
Head of Section (prov.) – Market Surveillance

Phone +49 30 78730 -430
Fax +49 30 78730 -11430
Email ioe@dibt.de

Fields of Activity

The Market Surveillance Section acts as the joint market surveillance authority of the German federal states with regard to harmonised construction products. Responsibilities include:

  • uniform testing and technical assessment of construction products, commissioning expert opinions and tests
  • carrying out market surveillance procedures which the market surveillance authorities of the federal states have delegated to DIBt, taking appropriate action, imposing sanctions
  • co-ordinating the market surveillance activities of the federal states
  • providing expertise to the federal states with regard to market surveillance for harmonised construction products (including establishing the market surveillance programme, developing implementation rules and providing training)
  • co-operating with the customs authorities
  • collaborating with the market surveillance authorities from other EU Member States and third countries
  • notifying construction products 'presenting a serious risk' via the EU rapid alert system RAPEX
  • representing the federal states in the European Administrative Cooperation Group Construction Products Regulation (AdCo CPR), which brings together the market surveillance authorities from all EU Member States
  • participating in joint market surveillance initiatives and in the European Information and Communication System for Market Surveillance (ICSMS)

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Dr Karsten Kathage
Vice-President, Head of the Presidential Department

Phone +49 30 78730 -214
Fax +49 30 78730 -11214
Email kka@dibt.de