CE MARKING - General Notes
The CE Marking or formerly EC Mark is a mandatory conformity marking for products sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1993. The CE marking is the manufacturer's declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC directives. The CE marking means that a product conforms with as many EC directives that apply to the actual product. It simple terms it means that the manufacturer has verified that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements and has had it examined by a notified conformity assessment body for example BSI. It should be noted that CE Marking is a self-certification scheme, retailers sometimes refer to products as "CE approved", but this is not correct.
From July 2013 it will be mandatory in the UK for all types of building products to comply with CE Marking requirements when the current Construction Products Directive (CPD) is replaced by the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). The CE Marking is the verification by a manufacturer that the products meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements. Within the Glazing Industry most external windows and door sets will need CE Marking and it’s the responsibly of installers, fabricators and suppliers to comply.
CE Mark products must achieve the prescribed levels of performance as outlined but also be manufactured in line with a factory production control system (FPC). This may create a minor problem for installers who buy-in frames and glass separately.
From 1st July 2013 fabricators will have to CE Mark all of the complete products they supply to trade customers, CE Marking and Declaration of Performance should be sufficient for the installer to prove compliance to the CPR. It is the manufacturer’s / U70 Ltd responsibility to:
Carry out the conformity assessment
Set up the technical file
Issue the EC Declaration of Conformity (DOC)
Provide CE marking / documentation
Complete U70 Product
When an installer purchases windows and doors complete and including frames, glazing units, roofs, hardware, door furniture & ancillary materials from U70 Ltd the products will be endorsed with the CE Mark documentation and laid out within the separate part of the invoice, which will also detail any necessary related energy rating(s) of all the manufactured U70 products. The products will also carry CE Mark labels within the outer frame rebate to verify this requirement combined with PAS24 accreditation (where applicable in the case of U70 doors).
From 1st July 2013 Installers will be responsible for providing a CE Mark for an applicable product. This requires a Declaration of Performance stating the products they install achieve the required standards and the process of testing can be traced. By purchasing the glazed products from U70 Ltd it is acceptable within the regulations to pass onto the customer / end user the document supplied with the U70 Ltd invoice details.
When an installer purchases unglazed frames from U70 Ltd but supplies sealed units from a Third Party supplier [or for example, uses a different door panel supplier other than U70 uses] then they will have to provide the CE Mark for every product specification that they have supplied & installed. This means that CE Marking which is issued will only be relevant to the finished product specification that complies within the schemes requirements. Therefore the installer will then be responsible for the CE Mark on the complete finished product.