From 1st July 2013, the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR) replaces the Construction Products Directive (CPD). Up to that date CE Marking had been voluntary within the UK. Under the CPR, CE Marking becomes mandatory taking effect on 1st July 2013.
CE marking is the manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets the requirements of applicable common (know as harmonised Euro Norms (hENs)) EC technical standards but may also show specific technical requirements of each individual member country within the EU.
CE marking is essentially a passport for the product, allowing it to be placed legally on the market in any given European member state. Note that, however, regulatory requirements may differ from country to country and details should be given in relation to the requirements of the country the product is being imported into.
To CE mark a construction product, manufacturers have to provide documentary evidence that their product meets the required standard, demonstrating to specifiers, contractors, building inspectors, Trading Standards, etc, that the product complies with the essential requirements as stated within BS EN 14351-1 for windows / doors and BS EN 13830 for curtain walling.
The enclosed guide is intended for manufacturers who make curtain walling, external windows and doors but excludes fire and smoke control windows and doors, The manufacturer is the company that brings together the frame and the glazing, i.e. a company that buys frames from one source and IGUs from another is deemed to be the manufacturer under the CPR and is therefore legally responsible for CE Marking.
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