The CE mark shows that a product complies with EU legislation, even if it is manufactured outside of the EU. Applied before the product reaches the market, it ensures consistency of production and allows its free movement throughout the European market.
CE marking is not a quality standard, however; it is simply a way of confirming that the performance characteristics of products carrying the CE mark are in line with EU standards. Using the mark allows customers to compare products from different EU countries or suppliers on an equal basis.
Vetrotech sells life Safety products that comply with Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance, System 1 (AVCP System 1). This means that a notified certification body (NCB) has to provide third-party control of the production. The NCB audits every production site annually.
When a manufacturer, distributor or importer uses the CE mark, this confirms that they are responsible for the product conforming with the requirements of the relevant harmonised European Norms (hEN), and that it is manufactured in accordance with the relevant regulations.
The intention behind CE marking has changed and is now based on a product's conformity with the relevant set of regulations. Additionally, for all construction products covered by these regulations, the manufacturer must also provide a Declaration of Performance (DoP). This contains the data relating to the performance of the product. In Vetrotech's case, our sales offices will provide these DoPs with the accompanying paperwork and delivery note for the product. Not all data has to be declared, so sometimes the DoP will say “No Performance Determined” (NPD). However, we always try to provide as much of this data as possible to demonstrate the high performance and multi-functionality of our products.
In the construction industry, until recently, the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR) required that six basic requirements were met in order for products to qualify for the CE mark. These were:
- mechanical resistance and stability
- safety in case of fire
- hygiene, health and the environment
- safety and accessibility in use
- protection against noise
- energy economy and heat retention
There is now an important seventh additional requirement: sustainable use of natural resources. To make sure that Vetrotech's products meet this latest requirement, we established Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which are based on the life cycle analysis of the products.