CE Marked Fabrication – What Does it Mean?

CE Marked Fabrication – What Does it Mean?

04th March 2021

What does it mean when we talk about CE marked fabrications? Well, the CE Mark is recognised across the European Union (EU) and beyond as a symbol of quality manufacturing, a symbol you can rely on. When buying steel fabrications from a CE certified supplier (like Safety Fabrications), you can be sure that the product has the highest standards of both structural integrity and reliability. Basically, if a product bears a CE mark, it’s a sign that says products comply with the relevant EU regulations that govern the product’s relevant industry.

It’s not just construction products that bear the CE mark, the symbol can be found on all types of products, ranging from toothbrushes to toys, from medical devices to kitchen appliances.

When it comes to construction products and equipment, CE Certification guarantees a certain set of standards:

  • Safe, sustainable, high quality construction materials
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Quality engineering standards
  • High standards of health and safety – indicating the product does not represent a health or injury risk when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions and purpose
  • Suitability for its intended purpose

A CE mark demonstrates that a steel component complies with a set of EU-approved harmonised standards suitable for its use. This means that a steel component manufactured in the UK (depending on its category) will meet one of these six British Standards:

BS EN 10025-01

Open sections (for example, standard I, H or channel sections) and construction plates

BS EN 10219-1

Cold form welded hollow sections

BS EN 10210-1

Hot finished hollow sections

BS EN 15048-1

Non-preloaded bolting assemblies

BS EN 14399-1

Structural bolts used for preloading

BS EN 1090-1

All fabricated structural steel

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) of 2013 requires that all construction products fabricated here in the UK must comply with either a harmonised European standard or a European Technical Assessment. Although fabricated structural steelwork was not initially covered by this regulation, it became mandatory the following year in 2014.

This means that all structural steel components must bear the CE mark to be deemed legal for use. However, there are some exclusions when it comes to fabricated steel, which include architectural fabrication of the following components:

  • Balustrades
  • Railings
  • Benches
  • Cycle racks
  • Bush Shelters

This means that companies that only manufacture architectural components of this type may not need to use CE marks on their products.

Any product that does bear a CE mark is guaranteed to meet the strictest environmental and quality standards, ensuring that these components and products are compliant with current legislation.

When it comes to construction activity, it’s vital that safety is the primary consideration, both during the construction activity itself and during end use.