Code for Construction
Product Information

The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) will help organisations drive higher standards in the presentation of construction product information, prioritising building safety. 

Whether written in a brochure, a presentation, on a website or social media, the CCPI will seek to provide assurance that users of product information have the necessary facts when making decisions about specifying or installing their verified products.

There are eleven Clauses of the CCPI (see below for more information) which cover a wide range of matters from responsibility for product information, to accuracy of and clarity of performance claims made, general information and competency. The objective of the Code is that any claim made about a Construction Product must be substantiated by appropriate, clear, and unambiguous evidence.

The CCPI is built around these five ‘acid tests’ - product information must be Clear, Accurate, Up-to-date, Accessible and Unambiguous.

The aim is that clients, specifiers and users will insist on only working with CCPI compliant products.

The CCPI will ensure:

  • Independent and robust verification, working to regain the trust of the public and external stakeholders, setting the market for UK construction products ahead of others.

  • Participating companies will benefit fundamentally from organising their systems and processes in relation to product information – supporting compliance with anticipated new regulatory requirements and giving specifiers, clients and users assurance regarding the information provided on the performance and use of the construction products they select.

  • A focus on culture, leadership and ethics, CCPI will build trust, and support an environment for healthy challenge within organisations regarding product performance and safety and ensure that product information is reliable and correctly stated.

As the Building Safety Regulator and Construction Product Regulator get established, CCPI is an effective way for the industry to demonstrate it is up to the challenge and respond fully to the issues being raised.

PLEASE NOTE: THE PROCESS AND INFORMATION DETAILED HERE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Register Interest

How the code will work

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Organisations will undertake an online organisation assessment to validate leadership and culture of the organisation and their commitment to the ethos of the CCPI

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Evidence and information to support the organisation's compliance to the eleven clauses of the CCPI will be submitted, assessed and independently verified to establish if they meet the standards of the CCPI

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When the organisation's brand/or product sets successfully completes the verification processes to prove compliance with the CCPI, then a numbered, time-limited licenced mark will be awarded to demonstrate that the ‘Product Information’ provided by that company is compliant with the CCPI

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The initial licence will be valid for two years. If there are changes to how Product Information is managed for verified product sets, and/or actual or potential product safety issues, there will be a requirement to inform the CCPI. Depending on the significance of the change, there may be a need to re-verify the product/set which could result in an additional charge.


How much will it cost?

There are two fees for CCPI Verification:

  1. Organisation Assessment Fee is based on organisation turnover and cover step 1 (Leadership & Culture Survey); step 2 (Management Systems); and step 3 (Organisation Assessment)- Leadership & Culture Survey, Management Systems and Organisation Assessment.

The assessment fee is renewed every two years.

There are four levels of fees from micro/small company with a turnover of <£1m to very large companies with turnover >£100m.

Company Size

Turnover

Organisation Assessment Fee

Micro/Small

£0 to £5m

£1,750

Medium

£5m to £50m

£3,000

Large

£50 to £100m

£4,250

Very Large

Over £100m

£5,500

Before commencing the five steps of verification, the organisation enters preliminary information to determine the organisation assessment fee to be paid.

The organisation also be issued an Organisation Assessment report which highlights good practice and areas for improvement – the report can form continuous improvement plan for your Product Information Continuous Improvement Plan.

 2. Product Set Verification Fee is based on the number of product sets submitted, the number of products in the sets and the type of products included. The fee covers steps 4 (Product Set Submission) and step 5 (Product Set Verification).

Multiple product sets can be submitted at the same time with a discount applied.

Product Set Verification ‘opens’ on successful completion of Organisation Assessment.

In general, a grouping of products with a similar function and certification or a system of products will be considered a product set.

There are three types of products – those with formal safety critical properties*, general construction products and products from and SME.

*Product with formal safety critical properties – e.g. structural products or fire safety products

  • If multiple product sets are submitted, the highest risk level is used for all sets

EXAMPLE

ORGANISATION ASSESSMENT FEE

VERIFICATION FEE

Small company; 1 set with 25 products; General construction

£1,750

£750

Medium company; 3 sets with 999 products; Safety critical

£3,000

£8,200

Large company; 1 product set with 450 products; Safety critical

£4,000

£5,200

Very large company; 2 sets with 700 products; General construction

£5,000

£5,000

 

 

Background

Summary - The Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI) was created to promote an urgent and positive culture and behaviour change in the way the construction product manufacturing industry manages and provides information on their products. The CCPI was initiated by the Construction Product Association (CPA) as a direct response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety set up in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Background - The importance of Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety will not be lost to all those working in the built environment post-Grenfell. Her review, as well as the subsequent inquiry into what went wrong at Grenfell, has made clear the need to address the marketing practices of construction product organisations. It has become abundantly clear that the industry must ensure construction product information is communicated in a clear and accurate way.

To address the findings of her report, the Construction Products Association established its Marketing Integrity Group (CPA MIG) in 2018. A team of marketing and technical experts was brought together, which represented many different types of building materials and experience, as well as representation from government, and some trade bodies.

After an initial Call for Evidence Survey in 2019, it was apparent that change was needed and the MIG set about creating a new Code of Conduct to ensure construction manufacturing organisations provide reliable, accurate information.

The CPA asked the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), an experienced, not for profit organisation, to set up the Construction Product Information Limited as a new not-for-profit organisation responsible for administering and managing the forthcoming Code.

The role of CPI Ltd will be to guard the Code, to assess and verify registrations, and to manage and audit registrants on an ongoing basis. CPI Ltd will put in place an independent skills-based governance structure.

CPI LTD Governance

CPI Ltd is being established as a not-for-profit organisation with independent management and governance. As such it will be governed by a voluntary Board of Non-Executive Directors who will provide:

  • Strategic direction – provide valued contributions and act as a constructive critic in looking at the objectives and plans devised by the Chief Executive and the executive team.
  • Monitor performance – take responsibility for monitoring the performance of executive management, especially regarding the progress made towards achieving organisational key results and the determined organisation strategy and objectives.
  • Policy – working with the Chief Executive, set in place policies for the direction of the Code
  • Communication – help connect the business and Board with networks of potentially useful people and organisations.
  • Risk – satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible.
  • Audit – it is the duty of the whole Board to ensure that the company accounts properly to its owner by presenting a true and fair reflection of its actions and financial performance and that the necessary internal control systems are put into place and monitored regularly and rigorously.
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  • Independent certification is most important
    in order to cut through the marketing hype

  • As a qualified fire engineer, I must be confident about the performance of materials, products and systems in the context of fire safety design, where I am involved in the design, specification, approval and commissioning
  • When selecting a product, accurate information and indication that products are certified are critical
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