Government appoints experts to review testing system for construction products
UK Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced the appointment of two experts to lead the independent review of the system for testing construction products.
Paul Morrell OBE and Anneliese Day QC have been appointed to lead the review. Paul is a former government advisor and construction expert who has previously led major government reviews, while Anneliese, who has won a range of prestigious awards for her work in the construction sector, will provide legal expertise.
The review forms part of a government move to reform and strengthen building safety regulation after the Grenfell Tower Inquiry revealed irregularities in the products testing system and the potential rigging of safety tests by manufacturers, where evidence came to light that exposed the potential for manufactures to ‘game the system’.
The Government believes this next step will better protect residents in England by ensuring materials used in the construction of homes and are safe and properly tested.
Additionally, the Government has already announced the formation of a new National Regulator for Construction Products as part of the Building Safety Bill reforms. The Regulator will have the power to remove products from market that present a significant safety risk, as well as prosecuting any company that breaks the rules.