Certified product declarations
Certified product declarations consist of guidelines for the use of construction products and materials, and for the methods used to manufacture load-bearing structures. Product declarations include vital information about the properties of products, and their suitability and applicability for various purposes.
Product declarations are used in the planning and construction of buildings. They may also be used as guarantees of the suitability of products in applications for building permission and in building inspections.
The guidelines for load-bearing structures within the National Building Code of Finland (B4-B10) specify the types of products that require certified product declarations. Product declaration decisions may set out procedures for controlling product quality. Product declarations should be kept where the product is in use, for inspection purposes.
Manufacturers may obtain certification for product declarations from specific organisations authorised by the Ministry of the Environment:
- Products used in concrete structures are certified by the Concrete Association of Finland.
- Products used in steel structures are certified by the Finnish Constructional Steelwork Association.
- Products used in walls are certified by the Association of Finnish Civil Engineers, except for certain plasters and concrete admixtures, which are certified by the Concrete Association of Finland.
Information about certified product declarations is available from the respective organisations mentioned above (Related links).