ECAP’s role in Europe
ECAP is linked to various European technical and political institutions and informs and involves its members in all news which can affect the present and the future of their products.
ECAP is present where decisions are made: Standing Committee on Construction for implementation of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), Construction 2020 (the European Commission’s strategic initiative for the construction sector), structural design methods Eurocodes 2 and 5, European Organisation for Technical Assessments (EOTA) expert groups and EOTA Technical Board and CEN Technical Committees and Working Groups.
ECAP is a member of:
Standardisation, Technical Committees and EOTA
ECAP and its members actively take part in European groups where European Assessment Documents (EADs), European Technical Assessments (ETAs) and CEN standards are created and where technical knowledge of their products is developed. It is compliance with these technical specifications which allows construction products to circulate freely within the European Union.
All members receive a password to enter the members’ area of the ECAP website. There they can read the drafts of ongoing standards and access European documents. The ECAP Working Group meets regularly or has video conferences to define a shared strategy in advance of European meetings.
ECAP’s standardization work, and related technical research, is supported by technical advisors and by European universities. Shared solutions are reached through internal discussions in ECAP’s Working Groups and the General Assembly.
ECAP’s working language is English.
CE marking and Laboratories’ Network
ECAP has its network of SME-friendly European institutions: labs, Technical Assessment Bodies (TABs) and Notified Bodies (NBs). ECAP members can have confidence in a selected range of institutions and laboratories which, through experience, have been shown to be “SME-friendly”. On request, ECAP supports members with its own project management of CE marking of their products.
ECAP assists its members by giving advice on the drafting of DoPs for their products.
Assessing standards or EADs for a product implies technical discussions, and the drafting of reports and position papers based on available technical data.
ECAP members apply as a group for European EU-funded projects and for ad-hoc research on their products related to standardization issues.
ECAP takes part in sector technical symposia, meetings and scientific events and opens doors to its members, helping them to receive up-to-date knowledge on where their products stand in Europe and in the global market.
ECAP is partner of the EU-funded project “Energy Saving Technologies for Building Envelope Retrofitting” (EASEE).
ECAP monitors all strategic and technical developments, in areas of interest to its members, as they happen.
ECAP is aware that, in a globalized world, the European standardization is more and more con-nected with standards at international level. It is ECAP’s intention to ensure that the interests of its manufacturers are represented also outside of Europe, at ISO and ACI levels.