The latest changes to CE Markings and Construction Products Regulations could cause serious confusion about standards and quality, says Damien McKay, of HD McKay Consulting Engineers. This is why Damien, who is a Chartered Engineer, is holding a special seminar on Wed 26 April from 09:15 to 13:00 at the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan in Dublin.

Did you know that any construction product within the European Economic Area (EEA) must now comply with the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR), also known as the Construction Products Regulations?

This law states that all products traded or sold in Europe must bear a CE mark, when a harmonised standard exists for this product, says Damien. A CE mark indicates that a product complies with the regulation. “We have found through our experiences acting as Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers that it does not necessarily mean”:

  • that a product will be suitable for all end uses
  • complies with the Building Control Regulations
  • that it guarantees quality

“It only indicates that the product is consistent with its Declaration of Performance (DoP), as made by the manufacturer,” and this is where the potential for problems lies.  HD McKay Consulting Engineers have therefore decided to give this seminar to share our experiences and how this affects Architects, Designers, Specifiers and Certifiers”.


  • Overview of the Construction Products Regulations.
  • What to do if there is no standard that applies to the product?
  • Do you know what the European Technical Approval (ETA) is?
  • How do you identify if a HEN (Harmonized European standard) applies to the product?
  • Conformity Assessment Procedure – what is self-declaration and does it apply?
  • Exploring the liability issues in the chain, from manufacturing to specifying to building?
  • What are the legal issues surrounding the CE standard?
  • We will focus on the manufacturer’s role in ensuring their product is satisfactorily CE marked, along with the specifier’s responsibility in investigating products to correctly ascertain their declaration of performance.
  • What is the procedure if no test facilities exist for the product in Ireland?
  • Worked example of a product’s CE marking.



This Seminar is focused on providing information to senior management, architects, designers and specifiers. To find out more or to book your place go to: