the European Chemicals Regulation for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals, aims at safeguarding the free movement of chemicals on the Common Market while in particular ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the environment. As a fundamental pillar for ensuring the level of protection the Regulation inter alia rules the transmission of information along the supply chain and the consumers’ right to information. Under certain conditions (see REACH Article 31) the duty of supply and transmission of information can also affect construction products which are classified as substances or mixtures according to REACH. According to REACH article 33 these duties also apply to articles (i.e. products) which contain substances of very high concern in a concentrations above 0.1 %. The transmission of this information is regularised for the B2B supply chain, but does not always guarantee that end consumers receive this information unsolicited.
This fact and the related concerns that were brought forward with regards to the safety of consumers prompted the Parliament and the Council of the European Union to impose information duties for certain construction products, in addition to the information duties according to REACH. For the concerned products the Construction Products Regulation demands that the information required to be transmitted according to REACH shall also (i.e. in addition to REACH) be made available at the same time and in the same form as the declaration of performance.