CE Marking - Our Commitment to Conformity
Here at Safety Fabrications, we’re rather proud that all of our products are manufactured in accordance with BS EN ISO 3834-2:2005 and BS EN 1090-2:2008 and carry the CE Marking. From 1st July, 2014 it became mandatory for construction products to carry the CE Mark before they can be sold in the European Union (EU). Today, we’re taking a look at CE Marking in order to find out exactly what it is, what it means and why it’s necessary for construction products in the UK today.
The CE Mark used to be known as the EC Mark and it’s a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area. CE (Conformite Europeenne) Marking was launched in 1985 to indicate that a product is compliant with EU legislation and can be sold throughout the European Economic Area (EEA, the 28 Member States of the EU and the European Free Trade Association countries, Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein).
CE Marking does not, however, indicate that a product was made in the EEA but that the product has been assessed before being placed on the market and that the product satisfies the applicable legislative requirements (e.g., an agreed level of safety) that enables it to be sold within the EEA. Products made in other countries that are destined to be sold in the EEA should also bear a CE Mark. What the CE Mark does indicate is that the manufacturer of the product has:
- Verified that the product complies with all relevant essential requirements (either health and safety or environmental requirements) laid down in the applicable directive(s)
- If stipulated in the directive(s), had it examined by an independent conformity assessment body.
The product manufacturer will need to:
- carry out the conformity assessment
- Set up the technical file
- Issue the Declaration of Conformity
- Affix the CE marking to the product
The manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity is a document in with the manufacturer (or his authorised representative within the EEA) indicates that a product meets all the necessary requirements laid down in the applicable directives. The DoC must contain the name and address of the manufacture and information about the products such as the brand and serial number. The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer (or his authorised representative) and the signing employee’s function must be shown.
Not all products need to bear CE Marking, only those that fall within the scope of at least one of the sectoral directives requiring CE Marking. There are more than 20 sectoral product directives requiring CE Marking and construction products are one of these. The control of products bearing the CE Mark is the responsibility of the public authorities in the Member States, in cooperation with the European Commission.
Because CE Marking is carried out by the manufacturer, there’s a certain amount of confusion associated with the practice so, over the coming months, we will be publishing more blog posts on this topic to keep our readers up to date and expand their knowledge on the subject.