Bitumen Standards

Having commonly agreed European standards helps everyone involved in the bitumen industry. These standards help specifiers to select the best bituminous binder for each application or end use. They eliminate commercial and technical barriers to trade between EU member states and provide a set of common reference tools for the market, both within the EU and outside. And they make it easier to communicate technical and safety data both at a European and a local level.

Standards Review Update

The CEN Systematic Review process of the paving grade bitumens standard (EN 12591) took place in early 2014 and the majority of responses support a revision of the standard. The CEN Enquiry Process for revised EN 12591 will start at the end of March 2016. The changes necessary to comply with the Construction Products Regulation have also been incorporated.

The Systematic Review process for polymer modified bitumen standard (EN 14023) took place in 2015, the majority voted for revision. Work will start early 2016.

Construction Products Regulation

The requirements of the European Union’s Construction Products Regulation (CPR), which covers bitumen, came into force on 1 July 2013. The CPR supersedes the Construction Products Directive (CPD).

To help members prepare for implementation of the CPR, Eurobitume established a Task Force to develop guidance on the differences between CPD and CPR, and on the necessary actions from CPR. The document “The Implementation of CPR for Bituminous Binders for Paving” highlights the changes for manufacturers, in particular regarding the new Declaration of Performance (DoP) and the requirements for CE marking. This document is available exclusively to Eurobitume members.


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Performance Related Specifications

These specifications describe the properties of bituminous binders in terms that provide an indication of the relative performance for essential product characteristics. Specifications like these can differ from those based on empirical properties.


CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation - the European Committee for Standardisation) was founded in 1975 by the national standards bodies in the European Economic Community and European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries (excluding Liechtenstein, which is not a CEN member), to help ensure an open market for the exchange of goods and services across national borders by developing common specifications. Read more...