During its most recent meeting the Board of Directors of the UBAtc approved a modified version of the UBAtc general regulation for approval and certification.
The document applies since 1 July 2022 and has been developed primarily with the aim of having an English version, in addition to the already existing Dutch and French version.
At this occasion, most provisions with regards to the European Technical Approvals and the transitional arrangements have been withdrawn.
The ATG-M and the possibility to have German versions of the approvals have been introduced and references have been updated.
Reuse in the construction sector will become increasingly important. For trademarks on reused construction products, the principle of “Trademark exhaustion” applies, i.e. the sale of used goods is permitted and the existing trademarks must not be altered or removed when the product is offered for sale again after its initial use.
To protect the interests of the rightful users of the ATG figurative mark, i.e. the holders of technical approvals, the UBAtc board of administrators clarified that the ATG figurative mark may not be used by entities commercialising reused products for which an approval was issued before their first use.