What is CE Marking?
CE Marking demonstrates a product meets EU safety, health or environmental requirements and is an increasingly familiar sight as it applies to a wide range of products, from toys and household refrigerators and freezers, to pyrotechnics and machinery.
Since the deadline on the 1st July 2014, CE Marking for fabricated structural steel products has been mandatory. This is one of the most significant changes in the industry for a decade and affects businesses across the country involved with a wide range of products.
Missed the Deadline?
Many companies missed the 2014 deadline due to the sheer volume of demand from steel fabricators for assessments from Notified Bodies – there was simply insufficient capacity within the audit industry to deal with that demand. However, two years on, it is now very much business-as-usual. The regulatory authorities will no longer show leniency or accept any excuses. The consequences of non-compliance can be serious, including criminal proceedings against directors.
Companies which have yet to begin the process need to consider their position quickly, in particular checking with their insurers about how the lack of a CE Marking certification may affect their trading position. It is never too late to start.
WLP’s CE Marking Support Services
WLP has seen a huge demand for its services over the past two years, helping clients secure certification via an approved Notified Body to CE Mark their products. WLP has already successfully steered in excess of 50 customers through the complex process and has a number of others nearing completion.