Thursday, 9 October 2014

New opportunities for manufacturers to CE mark their products

BRE Global is one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of products that are not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

The scope for manufacturers to CE mark their construction products has been significantly expanded by the European Commission’s recent decision to allow Notified Bodies to be notified for European Technical Approval Guidelines – ETAGs (to be used as European Assessment Documents – EADs).

Prior to this, Notified Bodies could only issue CE Certificates against Harmonised European Standards, enabling CE marking of a relatively limited range of generally well established products.

This means that the number and range of building products and systems for which BRE Global can provide CE marking services has been considerably expanded. These include external thermal insulation composite systems, liquid applied roof waterproofing kits and pre-fabricated stair kits, along with fire stopping, fire sealing and fire protection products, and non-load bearing permanent shutterings, to name just a small selection of examples.

Once it has been established that all requirements of the ETAG (used as an EAD) have been met, the Notified Body can provide a CE Certificate, and the manufacturer can issue a Declaration of Performance.

BRE Global’s Quality Manager, Mike Pratt, noted that, “BRE Global was able to test against ETAGs as a Technical Assessment Body and issue certificates against ETAGs as a Notified Body under the CPD for many years. Now that we can use ETAGs as EADs we can provide the same service under the CPR. This is a great benefit to our customers.”

BRE Global’s Notified Body schedule – including several ETAGs for which it is the only UK Notified Body –  is available here

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