In CISUFLO Task 3.1, VTT reviewed the EU regulations relevant to the flooring sector. This review is particularly timely given the recent approval of the revised Construction Products Regulation (CPR) on April 10, 2024, which will introduce significant changes to standardization and regulatory practices within the industry. The new version of the CPR will be published in the Office Journal of the EU by 2025 at the latest. The current CPR and the new CPR will exist in parallel for many years, with the current CPR set to be repealed in 2039.

The transition period to the new CPR is long to avoid bottlenecks but the new requirements in the standard development will already now be taken into account in upcoming standardization work. The scope of the new CPR is going beyond the one of the current CPR and includes product information that is relevant for the installation, maintenance and removal, recycling or reuse of the product.

Requirements for the whole life cycle need to be considered. For the technical performance and the use of the construction product, also aspects that change or influence the characteristics needs to be covered in future harmonised standards. This means that change of the scope is included in the future standardization work, thus also affecting the standard development for the floorings.

A key change in the new CPR is the mandatory declaration of the global warming potential for construction products entering the system as of 2025 (the environmental indicators to be reported will be broadened by 2031 to a full list of LCA indicators).

Furthermore, the use of a digital product passport including environmental information is expected to become obligatory around 2028. Stakeholder engagement is at early stage crucial in the standard development, especially in the defining of the scope (at later stage difficult to change).

Here CISUFLO experience and results provide a good background for influencing standardization development.