CPA issues Call for Evidence on product information

Since the publication of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt, following the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, the UK construction industry and fire sector have been working hard to meet the various challenges set for it.

The Construction Products Association (CPA) has been involved with several critical elements of this activity, and amongst these has established a “Marketing Integrity Group” to specifically address Chapter 7 of the report, which challenges how product information is made available to the wider supply chain. The Group is led by Adam Turk (managing director, commercial, for Baxi Heating) with a core team of 20 marketing, communications and technical professionals from across the supply chain.

In order to inform its work further, the CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group has issued a Call For Evidence, seeking responses from across the supply chain, including architects, designers, specifiers, consultants, manufacturers, contractors, builders, merchants, maintainers, and anyone who uses product information through the life of the asset. Amongst the areas of interest covered by the survey are:

  • Ease of finding information
  • Product substitution
  • Completeness and correctness of information
  • Products as part of a system or use in a variety of applications.

To complete the Call For Evidence survey, please click here. The survey will remain open until April 5, 2019.

The CPA’s Marketing Integrity Group intends to publish its findings and recommendations in the autumn.

Peter Caplehorn, deputy chief executive and policy director at the CPA, said: “The evidence base we are seeking will be a vital contribution to our work on reform post-Grenfell Tower fire. The survey results will help us make recommendations to ensure that consistent, unambiguous and clear product information on construction materials is made available to the wider supply chain. We need no reminder of how important this information is, and I encourage as many responses to the survey as possible.”