The below article may be focused around offsite technologies but I am aware of a number of SME manufacturers throughout the building products arena who find it confusing and long-winded when taking a new product to market.
In short, insurance and testing body Lucideon has published a free report breaking down how construction material manufacturers can enter markets and the rubber stamps required. Just follow the below link to download a copy.
Pressure is on the industry, be this through EU directives or the fall out of the Dame Judith Hackitt report. By coincidence I / we at Collingwood have worked with a couple of such certification organisations and so appreciate the depth of analysis they go into. I also appreciate it can be a minefield finding such a partner, given the amount of larger and independent bodies that are out there.
When new methods of construction, products and skills are introduced, they must be beyond reproach in order that they are adopted and accepted as the norm. Lucideon has published a guide to help manufacturers through what can be a complicated process in understanding the various routes to market for their products. Download the free guide here.