UK: Independent experts to review safety of construction materials

Materials in construction – will they pass the test?

Residents across England will be better protected as the government takes the next step to ensure materials used to build the nation’s homes are safe and tested properly.


  • Experts appointed to lead independent review into system of testing the safety of construction products
  • Action taken as Grenfell Tower Inquiry exposed evidence of potential gaming of the system by some manufacturers
  • Measures form part of the biggest improvements to building safety standards in 40 years.

Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has heard deeply concerning suggestions that some construction product manufacturers may have gamed the system for testing these materials and compromised the safety of residents.

We are taking these allegations very seriously and will await the Inquiry’s final recommendations – but it is clear that action is needed now to ensure products used on buildings always meet the highest safety standards.

I am pleased to appoint Paul Morrell OBE and Anneliese Day QC to lead this independent review of the system for testing construction products that will build on the significant progress we have already made to make buildings safer.

The panel will engage with a wide range of stakeholders to seek their views on how the system of safety testing of construction products could be improved and will report later this year with recommendations.

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