CE Marking for Construction Products
The CE mark is a prerequisite for a number of products for being marketed in the European Union. The EU Commission says:
By affixing the CE marking on a product, the manufacturer declares on his/her sole responsibility that the product is in conformity with the essential requirements of the directives that apply to it and that the relevant conformity assessment procedures have been fulfilled. Thus products bearing the CE marking benefit from free circulation in the European Market.
Please note also another important remark on the website of the European Commission:
Not all products must have CE marking. It is compulsory only for most of the products covered by the New Approach Directives. It is forbidden to affix CE marking to other products.
Please note that a CE marking does not indicate that a product have been approved as safe by the EU or by another authority. It does not indicate the origin of a product either.
CE marking of Construction Products
CE marking in this context is the key tool of the European Construction Products Regulation (EU 2011/305) and means just and only that a Declaration of Performance (DoP) following the product was drawn up in accordance with the specifications in the corresponding harmonized European standard.
The product shall be followed by a Declaration of Performance with a common technical language, as specified in the corresponding harmonized European product performance standards. The actual requirements still are specified by each EU Member State on its own.
CE marking requires that the EU Commission issued a mandate to CEN to establish a harmonized product standard describing how to specify the basic requirements of a concerned product. The basic properties specified in a harmonized European product standard to be declared with CE marking can cover mechanical stability, resistance to fire, hygienic properties (such as emissions of formaldehyde and of VOCs into indoor air), environmental properties and sustainability.
The harmonized European product performance standards will be challenged by the Commission to include testing and declaration of emissions of volatile dangerous substances, and/or release of dangerous substances into water and soil, with next revision.
Verification systems within CE marking
The CE mark is accompanied by a Declaration of Performance (DoP) containing actual product data. For some products this will be done by declaration of the manufacturer. For other products this will need involvement of independent third-party notified bodies and/or notified laboratories. Eurofins Group operates a number of notified bodies for construction products.
Different construction products will require different verification and monitoring systems for CE marking. These are specified by the European Commission and laid down in the harmonized European standards. Not all construction products are under this regime.
Further testing of samples taken by manufacturer
Assessment of performance, Initial type
Initial inspection (plant and FPC)
Audit - testing of samples taken by Notified Body
+ : Manufacturer
++ : Notified laboratory
+++: Notified body
- You can find official information on CE marking tailored for manufacturers, importers, distributors and consumers.
- A guidance of the EU Commission is available: CE Marking of Construction Products Step by Step (also available in other languages).
- A summary report on purpose and status of the CPR, issued by the EU Commission (en - fr - de - nl - ...); it can be searched with the keywords "COM(2016) 445 final", for other languages.
- Notified bodies operated by Eurofins
- VOC emissions under Construction Products Directive
The Eurofins laboratories and notified bodies can help to find your way through conformity declaration, certification and CE marking, and support with related testing.
A manufacturer can select a notified body freely and is not restricted to notified bodies in his own country.
Eurofins Product Testing A/S was involved in the development and validation of the harmonized testing method for emissions of volatile substances into indoor air in CEN Technical Committee TC 351, Working Group WG 2. This allows you to use the expertise of the world-wide largest VOC emissions testing laboratory also for CE marking, as soon as the respective harmonized product standards have been released by CEN.
The resulting standard CEN/TS 16516 was published in October 2013, and Eurofins Product Testing A/S is ISO 17025 accredited and notified for such testing. You may want to see a publication describing CEN/TS 16516, also in comparison with ISO 16000 and EN 717-1 testing (in English) - in Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft 74 (2014) 3, 62-68, see www.gefahrstoffe.de. After additional validation steps, this is published as EN 16516 in 2017.
Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts. This includes a notified testing laboratory for TS/EN 16516.
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Eurofins Product Testing Italy srl - Modulo Uno, Via Cuorgnè, 21 - 10156 Torino - Italy +39 011 22 22 225
- Sales: ModuloUno@eurofins.com
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