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Parliamentary questions
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21 June 2017
Question for written answer P-004121-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Charles Tannock (ECR)

 Subject:  The use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs)
 Answer in writing 

As investigations into the fire at Grenfell Tower in London continue, attention has focused on the risks associated with the use of Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs), used in this instance as external cladding for the tower block. Given that building regulation is a Member State competence, rules governing the use of ACPs vary throughout the EU. All ACPs, however, are required to meet the standards set out in Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, which governs the market in construction products and includes a ‘reaction to fire classification procedure’ (European Standard EN 13501-1). Reynobond Architecture, the brand of ACP linked to Grenfell Tower, is covered by this certification.

1. Can the Commission specify the classification under EN 13501-1 to which the products Reynobond (PE) and Reynobond (FR) currently correspond, within the range of non-combustible materials (A1) through to combustible materials (F)?

2. Can the Commission state whether there is a need to reassess all ACP approvals under Regulation (EU) No 305/2011?

3. Will the Commission launch a study of the use of ACPs as external insulation cladding across the EU?

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