Our service briefly explained
The Product Contact Point for Construction provides the following services:
- information on the placing on the market and the use of construction products in Germany
- information on the principle of mutual recognition and the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/515 in Germany
- Information about the product requirements and rights, obligations and rules derived from the EU harmonisation legislation
- general information about the remedies and procedures available in the event of a dispute between the competent authority and an economic operator
- the contact details of the competent authorities
The service is available to economic actors free of charge. You may contact us at pcpc-germany(at)dibt(.)de and will receive an answer from us within 15 working days. Enquiries can be submitted in English and German.
We have compiled for you a selection of the most important provisions for the placing on the market and use of construction products in the European Union and in Germany.
A list of all national model provisions and decrees adopted by the Conference of Construction Ministers can be found on the website of the Conference of Construction Ministers under the heading “Bauaufsicht / Bautechnik” (available in a German language version only).
- FAQs on the German regulatory system for construction products and construction techniques
- Information portal for construction products and construction techniques
The DIBt Information Portal for construction products and techniques offers detailed information on individual construction products and design solutions. The portal covers, in particular, construction products and construction techniques for which national technical approvals and general construction technique permits are granted, but also ETA products and other construction products and construction techniques for which DIBt frequently receives enquiries.
- Information page Technical Building Rules on the DIBt website
- Information page Approvals, ETAs and more on the DIBt website
- FAQs on the European Technical Assessment (ETA)
- FAQs – Construction Products Regulation and Market Surveillance developed by German market surveillance authorities
- FAQ covering the Construction Products Regulation of the European Commission
The European Commission's NANDO information system lists independent testing laboratories and certification bodies (notified bodies) to assist you in carrying out the assessment and verification of constancy of performance of your construction product. You can also find Technical Assessment Bodies (TABs) where you can apply for an ETA.
Are you interested in topics such as mutual recognition, European legislative procedures, CE marking or European standardisation? NANDO offers you a comprehensive manual.
Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt)
DIBt is a technical authority based in Berlin, Germany. The Institute's first and foremost responsibility is to ensure the uniform fulfilment of regulatory and technical tasks in construction. But DIBt is also a service provider for the construction industry supporting them in numerous areas, e.g. in obtaining national technical approvals, general construction technique permits and evaluations of compliance with regulatory requirements for construction works after installation of product. In its function as a Technical Assessment Body, DIBt issues European Technical Assessments (ETAs). The Institute also carries out structural design type approvals as a structural safety control authority. In addition, DIBt performs other regulatory tasks on behalf of the Federation and the federal states.
For more information see www.dibt.de
Market surveillance of construction products under the Construction Products Regulation
Construction products bearing the CE marking under the Construction Products Regulation are subject to market surveillance. You can contact the market surveillance authorities, for example, if you have detected deviations between the performance of a construction product and the corresponding CE marking or declaration of performance. Your first point of contact is the market surveillance authority of the federal state in which the manufacturer or importer and/or distributor of the construction product is based. The addresses of the individual contact points and detailed information on market surveillance can be found on the website of the joint market surveillance authority of the German federal states at DIBt.
SOLVIT is a service that aims to provide solutions if the internal market rules of the EU have been incorrectly applied by a national authority. The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) acts as the German SOLVIT centre and can help if citizens or businesses face obstacles in another country. It provides
- information on the SOLVIT online network,
- information on how a complaint is handled and
- other useful links
at Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft (BMWi) SOLVIT (German only).
SOLVIT is free of charge. Complaints can be submitted per email, fax or post using the request form (PDF in German only) of the BMWi or by using the online form on the website of the European Commission, which is available in all official languages of the EU and Norwegian.
Current European standardisation projects, information on the how standardisation work is organised and contact information of the European standardisation organisations can be found on the website of the European Committee for Standardisation – CEN.
In the European context, the German Institute for Standardization mirrors harmonised and other European standards at the national level. These standards become legally binding when they have been harmonised in Europe and published in the Official Journal of the European Union. DIN is a member of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN).
All DIN publications are distributed by Beuth-Verlag. Adopted norms, standards and numerous other regulations are available here.
On the website of the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) you will find information on the voluntary path to CE marking via EAD and ETA. It is open to construction products that are not or not completely covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN).
- Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI)
Phone: +49 30 18 681 0
Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB)
Telefon: +49 30 18 681 0
- Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Phone: +49 30 18 615 0
Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV)
Phone: +49 30 18 300 0
Federal Railway Authority (EBA)
Phone: +49 228 9826 0
Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt)
51427 Bergisch Gladbach
Phone: +49 2204 43 0
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)
Unter den Eichen 87
Phone: +49 30 8104 0
German Environment Agency (UBA)
Wörlitzer Platz 1
Phone: +49 340 2103 2416