RIDBA is pleased to have signed a new partnership with Dorset County Council Trading Standards Service (DCCTSS) in the form of a Primary Authority Agreement (PAA). The agreement is a legal partnership whereby DCCTSS commits to investigating reports from RIDBA members of non-compliance of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
DCCTSS is fully aware of the CPR and the importance of CE Marking, which has often not been the case with many Local Trading Standards offices. Acting as the main point of contact for RIDBA on all cases, DCCTSS will follow up directly with other Local Trading Standards offices, allowing a more efficient way for RIDBA members to report non-compliance.
All RIDBA Steel Frame Manufacturers have achieved CE certification as part of the RIDBA membership criteria and this agreement takes a significant step in helping to make the industry a fairer place. RIDBA members are critical to ensuring the success of this partnership by making RIDBA aware of any cases of non-compliance, which can be reported anonymously. This is a fantastic opportunity for RIDBA and its members to lead the way in ensuring that non-member businesses not complying with CE Marking are reported.
Principal Trading Standards Officer at Dorset County Council, Martin Thursby said:
“We are delighted to form a Primary Authority Partnership with RIDBA and look forward to working closely together to drive up compliance with the Construction Products Regulation in non-member companies. As well as being a legal obligation, compliance with the regulations ensures safety and a level playing field in the industry."
RIDBA Chairman, James Anthony said:
“This is a massive step forward for RIDBA and something we have been looking at for some time. The number one issue for our members is compliance with CE marking and the frustration caused by companies operating illegally and not complying with the Construction Products Regulation. Dorset has already demonstrated how effective it can be in dealing with non-compliance so we look forward to a successful partnership.”