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General introduction to the Guidance papers
Article 20 of the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EC) states that the Standing Committee may, "at the request of its Chairman or a Member State, examine any question posed by the implementation and the practical application of this Directive".
In order to ensure as far as possible a common understanding between the Commission and the Member States as well as among the Member States themselves as to how the Directive will operate, the competent services of the Commission, assuming the chair and secretariat of the Standing Committee, may issue a series of Guidance Papers dealing with specific matters related to the implementation, practical implementation and application of the Directive.
These papers are not legal interpretations of the Directive.
They are not judicially binding and they do not modify or amend the Directive in any way. Where procedures are dealt with, this does not in principle exclude other procedures that may equally satisfy the Directive.
They will be primarily of interest and use to those involved in giving effect to the Directive, from a legal, technical and administrative standpoint.
They may be further elaborated, amended or withdrawn by the same procedure leading to their issue. The relationship between Guidance Papers and Mandates
The guidance papers have been prepared in an attempt to clarify points arising from interpretation of the directive. Therefore, where there is conflict between the provisions of the mandate and the information given in the guidance papers, the guidance papers take precedence over the information given in the mandates.
 
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