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Publication of Independent Review of Construction Product Testing

Posted: 20th April 2023

The Government has today published the Independent Review of Construction Product Testing led by Paul Morrell OBE and Anneliese Day KC. This has been commended to both Houses of Parliament in a Written Ministerial Statement by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove MP.

The Independent Review can be found here: The Independent Review.

The Written Ministerial Statement can be found here: Statement to Parliament

In his statement to Parliament Michael Gove said that the government recognises historic failings in the system by which construction products were tested, assured and made available for sale. The Government is committed to ensuring the testing regime for construction products is effective and inspires public and market confidence, and will set out proposals for reform of the UK’s construction product regime in due course building on the work of the Review. The Secretary of State has welcomed contributions from all who share the government’s goal of a safer built environment towards the proposals for reform.

Dame Judith Hackitt said: 'This report marks a major step forward in mapping the complexity and opacity of the current construction product testing regime (...) and identifies (...) significant improvements can and should be made. Paul Morell and Anneliese Day are to be commended. This is an opportunity which must be taken, and with some urgency'.

Peter Capelhorn, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association said: “We are very pleased to see the publication of this Review. Both authors are known for their intellect and objective approach to the challenges facing our industry.”

“This report should be required reading for policy-makers and industry leaders alike, coming at a critical time not only for the future of the UK product testing and certification sector, but for the wider culture and practices of UK construction as well. The recommendations cover a wide range of urgent issues, and the CPA and its members will be focusing on developing the necessary responses and actions in consultation with department officials.”