This paper examines the role of European standards and how far they may be justified. In particular the costs and difficulties of technical harmonisation are examined. The Construction Products Directive, an example of the new approach to harmonisation, is discussed. Its role in providing mutually recognised consumer and environmental protection is proving difficult to combine with the manufacturing or purchasing specifications that industry needs. Difficulties exist over the attestation of conformity, the limitations of the essential requirements and the need for levels and classes. Different design cultures also present problems. An indication is given of the work going into developing standards and the costs involved. For the covering abstract see IRRD 874888.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Permanent International Assoc of Road Congresses

    27 rue Guenegaud
    Paris,   France 
  • Authors:
    • PICKETT, A
  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00718011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 20 1996 12:00AM