Many construction products, but not all, must carry CE markings as of July 1, 2013, per the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), to be sold anywhere in Europe. Site-batched products, ready-mixed concrete, and goods lacking a unified European standard, such as reinforcement, are exempt. Bespoke goods, including bespoke precast concrete, are also exempt.
CE Marking Definition
A product’s compliance with applicable EU law and its eligibility to be sold on the European Market are both indicated by the CE Marking. CE is an acronym for the Communaute Europeenne.
A product’s CE label indicates that it satisfies a set of fundamental, harmonized European standards, often known as a European Technical Assessment. A Declaration of Performance (DoP) is provided to buyers and specifiers for every product with a CE mark.
What is a Declaration of Performance?
A Declaration of Performance must be followed after the necessary testing to demonstrate that your product complies with the CPR. The Declaration of Performance, which contains all the details regarding the producer, the product, and its performance, is regarded as the most crucial document supporting CE marking.
The maker assumes liability for the building product’s conformance and the performance of the specified qualities in a Declaration of Performance. It contains the following details:
- The purpose for usage as intended
- Manufacturer Details
- Authenticated representative data (if applicable)
- Harmonized standards that apply
- Information about Notified Body (if applicable)
- Information about European Technical Assessment (if applicable)
- Performance standards for each critical factor
- Relevant technical documentation
CE Marking Certification and building codes
On July 1, 2013, the Building Regulations (Part 7) also adopted an amended Materials and Workmanship provision. It suggests that the declared performance of a material with a CE marking in India be examined for suitability for the proposed building works and continues to mention CE marking as just one approach in which the suitability of a material can be assessed for use for a given purpose.
Building Control Officers may start using CE marking as a default requirement for many standardized items to show material appropriateness, but other methods of compliance will still be employed for many others, especially bespoke solutions. These include tests and calculations, independent certification programs, British Standards, and other national and international technical specifications.
Should all concrete construction goods have the CE designation required by architects and engineers?
No, not every product must bear the CE label. As previously stated, the CE marking serves as a sign that a product has complied with a uniform standard. Even in cases where there isn’t a harmonized norm, there are exceptions. Specifiers should consult manufacturers and their trade groups for advice in cases of ambiguity.
Why is product performance important in the construction industry?
Manufacturers are in charge of evaluating product performance and setting up production controls in the factory. Because construction items must maintain their quality over time, each characteristic’s performance must be consistently measured.
In some circumstances, a Notified Body is required to evaluate the performance of particular product attributes. We are pleased to assist if you are unsure whether you require a Notified Body to CE mark your construction product.
Advantages of EU CPR
Your product’s entry permit into the European Union is the CE mark. The advantages of having uniform standards for construction items supplied in the EU are outlined by the European Commission:
Unrestricted use of products with the CE marking on the EU single market
Construction goods only need to be tested once, and users can easily define performance requirements. Shared infrastructure can be used for market surveillance.
Do you want to sell construction products in the EU?
Let us assist you. For you to launch your product before your rivals, our experts will find pertinent harmonized standards, conduct testing, and produce a Declaration of Performance.
The current EN and BS standards continue to be the appropriate benchmarks for specification, and specifiers should be aware that CE Marking Certification was not meant to serve as a quality standard. There are many third-party approved quality assurance programs for high-quality ready-mixed concrete.
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