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HD McKay Seminar on CE Markings & The Construction Products Regulations

Construction Products Seminar, Letterkenny, 25th October

Did you know that some Construction Products must have a CE Marking and Declaration of Performance? Find out more at a special seminar on 25th October 2017 at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Chartered Engineer Damien McKay, of HD McKay Consulting Engineers is running the seminar. He says building safety is an increasingly hot topic. “Issues like defective concrete blocks (mica), pyrite and fire safety, have highlighted the importance of using the right construction products.”

“Building owners and professionals and others involved in construction need to understand the laws relating to the products they use. You may be responsible if the products do not meet the required standard.”

Damien says this one-day seminar is designed for building owners, architects, engineers, designers, assigned certifiers, contractors, suppliers or legal representatives.  Each participant will receive a CPD Certificate at the end of the event.

About Construction Products Regulations

“The latest changes to CE Markings and Construction Products Regulations could cause confusion about standards and quality”, says Damien. “Any construction product within the European Economic Area (EEA) must now comply with the EU Construction Products Regulation (CPR).” Find out more here about the regulation.

“This law states that all products traded or sold in Europe must bear a CE mark, when a harmonised standard exists for this product.   So, a CE mark shows that a product complies with the regulation.”

“Our experiences as Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers show there is a lot of confusion around the CE Marks.” Damien says they do not necessarily mean:

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

“It only indicates that the product is consistent with its Declaration of Performance (DoP), as made by the manufacturer. This is where the potential for problems lies.  So we are giving this seminar to share our experiences on how this affects owners, and those involved in construction.”


  • 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. This covers 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 event will be of real interest to all build and design professionals, says Damien. These include assigned and design certifiers, public sector bodies and those who look after the law surrounding projects. Participants include contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, and legal.

Construction Products Seminar Details

Registration with tea and coffee is at 9:00am with the Course & Workshop starting at 9:30am. The fee includes lunch and the event will  finish at around 4:00pm.

The cost for the event is €115 per participant. Please note that this is a prepaid event with limited spaces available. For full details of the event and booking please click here.




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