Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, Dame Judith Hackitt released the ‘Building A Safer Future’ report in 2018.
In response to this, the Construction Products Association (CPA) established the Marketing Integrity Group (MIG) in order to tackle the issues raised in Dame Judith’s report.
The Grenfell disaster has damaged our industry’s reputation despite some brilliant work carried out by the thousands of businesses that operate across the supply chain. It is important that we regain confidence, credibility and integrity as a sector to move forward and demonstrate that technical competence can be trusted.
Trust must be rebuilt amongst architects and contractors as well as others who specify products and their performance data, this will enable us to build the great buildings and infrastructure that we need to live, work and play.
The MIG conducted a survey in 2019 that was labelled a ‘Call For Evidence’ and it attracted over 500 responses, the majority of which claimed that the industry would be judged on the way it responds. Users of products have to be able to rely on the information they are provided with, it needs to be clear, accurate, up-to-date, accessible and unambiguous. This is now known as the five acid tests.
After two years of debate and discussion, the MIG produced the Code for Construction Product Information (CCPI), an eleven-point code that sets out guidelines to ensure that construction product manufacturers are providing information that passes the five acid tests.
On top of this, the MIG are pushing an industry-wide consultation process that enables manufacturers, specifiers and users of information the opportunity to comment on the code. The consultation is now live and closes on Wednesday 31st March 2021. To take part, click here.