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Construction Products Regulation

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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.

 

Verification
System

Factory
Production
Control (FPC)

Further testing of samples taken by manufacturer

Assessment of performance, Initial type
testing

Initial inspection (plant and FPC)

Continuous surveillance

Audit - testing of samples taken by Notified Body

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+    : Manufacturer
++  : Notified laboratory
+++: Notified body

 

Further Information

 

Services

 

The Eurofins laboratories and notified bodies can help to find your way through conformity declaration, certification and CE marking, and support with related testing.

 

Important note:

 

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.

 

Eurofins Notified Bodies under Construction Products Regulation

 

Notified bodies are testing laboratories and/or certification agencies for approving the assignment of CE marking.

 

A notified body is accredited in its proper EU member state and then notified to a European list of notified bodies ("NANDO"). Notified bodies are obliged to participate in working groups to exchange experience, and in round-robin tests if laboratory testing is involved.

 

At present, these laboratories within Eurofins Group are operating notified bodies of some construction products under Construction Products Regulation (EU 2011/305). For more details, please see our notifications at NANDO database:

 

Services

 

The Eurofins laboratories and notified bodies can help to find your way through conformity declaration, certification and CE marking, and support with related testing.

 

Important note:

 

A manufacturer can select a notified body freely and is not restricted to notified bodies in his own country.

 

List of products

 

Here some of the products for which Eurofins provides notified body services:

 

  • Interior products (EN 16516 testing) of e.g.
    • Floor coverings (EN 14041, EN 14342)
    • Thermal insulation
    • and many more products
  • Road traffic noise reducing devices (noise barrier)
    EN 14388  

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  • Windows and external pedestrian doorsets
    EN 14351-1

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  • Curtain walling
    EN 13830
  • Industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates
    EN 13241-1  

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  • Handles and knobs
    EN 1906

  • External blinds and shutters
    EN 1932

  • Fixed, vertical road traffic signs, EN 12899-1