The CE certification system is an important, progressive process that ensures CE marked products meets EU legislative requirements thus enabling the product to be sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Turkey. Under this plan, consumer and manufacturers both benefit. Consumers know the CE marked products they are purchasing meet EEU standards and manufacturers know there products are competing on equal footing with other CE certified products. CE certification standards yield many benefits to all parties.
- The manufacturer has checked the products and is prepared to declare the product meets EU standards for health, safety and all pertinent environmental requirements. This is a serious commitment by the manufacturer that is intended to inspire confidence in consumers.
- Manufacturers take responsibility for the inspection and CE marking.
- The manufacturer represents that the CE marked product meets all legal requirements mandated by the EU.
- The manufacturers authorises the validity of the product and that it is eligible to be sold throughout the EEA.
- It is important for consumers to understand that not all manufactured products in the UK must be CE certified. If product are not required to be CE certified, they can still be safe, healthy and environmentally friendly.As of July 1, 2013, all building products manufactured and sold in the UK are required to be CE certified and marked accordingly. CE marking requirements construction products were initiated when the previous Construction Products Directive was replaced by the new Construction Products Regulation. In the UK today, most external doors, all metal doors, fire doors and external windows are required to be CE marked.CE certification and marking is a collaborative effort involving responsible installers, manufacturers and fabricators and suppliers or distributors.
What Consumers Should KnowConsumers should know that wile CE certification is mandatory for many UK manufactured products including construction products, the designation does not mean that all CE marked products are manufactured in the UK or EEA. Products manufactured outside the EEA can earn CE certification through diligent assessment. Foreign goods can be certified by their manufacturers who have checked EU standards and deem their goods meet the terms.Therefore, all EEA manufacturers, domestic and foreign, must responsibly represent that:
- They have carried out a diligent assessment.
- The manufacturer has established a technical file for approved products.
- The manufacturer has issued the Declaration of Conformity (DoC).The manufacturer has taken responsibility for the CE marking.
Consumers must be reminded that only products subject to specific directives are required to meet CE standards. CE certification is required for all directed products to be sold in the EEA and Turkey, regardless of where they are manufactured. A product that is not specifically directed can be unmarked but safe. It is to the consumer’s advantage to understand what products require certification.
The certification is, “a declaration of performance against relevant standards and regulations” but is not a quality mark.As Applies to Metal Doors and Fire Doors
All metal doors and fire doors are considered construction materials and are required to meet the CE certification standards. That means they must be inspected by the manufacturer in order to be marked. Doors may be certified with other designations such as security, fire acoustic performance.U-Value – External doors and fire rated doors are listed under the Building Regulations and for CE certifications manufacturers must provide U Value ratings. Thermal insulation value are conveyed in a formula, U=W(m2)K. The insulation value applies to the entire door, which includes the frame. CE marked doors can fall into a wide range in terms of insulation value. It is not uncommon for CE marked doors to range from the basic 3.6W/m2K for a 46mm flush door to an industry top 1.6W/m2K rating for an 83mm mineral wool filled door.Usually the intended use of the door determines the U value applied to the door. Warehouse doors usually have different U values than do office doors.
Consumers should learn to understand the meaning of CE certification but understand that not all CE marked doors are created equally. CE designation does not mean that a product is necessarily superior, but that it does comply with EU legislation.
CE Certification and Latham’s Steel Security Doors Ltd.
- Now that you have been informed about CE Certification, it is excellent news to make you aware that amongst many other requirements and certifications, Latham’s Security Doors have full CE Certification