CE Marketing

CE marking is an essential licence for products throughout the whole of the European Economic Area (EEA). It covers all legal technical requirements dealt with by the relevant harmonised technical specifications in force in all member states of the European Union.

CE marking defines a common area of action, providing manufacturers with test methods, procedures and evaluation criteria which are shared by all EU countries.

The presence of the CE mark assumes suitability for use for construction products i.e. all products that are manufactured to be incorporated permanently into building works.

Products deemed suitable for use are products which, if appropriately designed and built, enable the works in which they are used to meet the six essential requirements of the European directive that applies to them (directive on construction products 89/106/CEE, also known as CPD). Therefore a product is considered suitable for its planned use if it satisfies the essential characteristics described in the specific product standard.

CE marking is COMPULSORY and constitutes the system that all manufacturers of door and window frames, continuous façades, blinds, gates, industrial and garage doors, smoke/heat evacuation systems must comply with to be able to sell their products within the European Union. Some components, such as panes of glass, are subject to CE marking but this is an exception.

CE marking confirms that the finished product provides certain ratings for regulated requirements in relation to planned uses.
The declaration of compliance for a window/door frame product with harmonised European technical standards (product standards) must be demonstrated with: initial type testing (ITT) which, depending on requirements, involves theoretical calculations on one or more sample models representative of the product range in compliance with the European product reference standards [cf. § 2.1].

Factory Production Control (FPC) is the responsibility of the manufacturer [cf. § 2.2].

It is the responsibility of the manufacturer or the manufacturer's representative, based in the EEA, to affix the CE mark to the product, on a label attached to the product, on packaging, or on accompanying commercial documents.

CE marking replaces all other national compulsory marking but not voluntary marking, provided it does not conflict with and/or overlap the CE mark. No additional national or regional technical/legal building requirements can be imposed. Any national standards that conflict with European legislation must be changed

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