With the July deadline approaching fast, many manufacturers affected by the Construction Products Regulation are beginning to tackle mandatory CE Marking. Unfortunately, a great deal of confusion seems to have arisen, so to help here’s our simplified ‘take’ on the subject:
What is CE Marking?
CE Marking indicates a product’s compliance with EU legislation. By affixing the CE Marking on a product a manufacturer is declaring, on their sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements.
Who needs to comply?
The regulations apply to a wide range of activities including:
- Importers of structural metalwork kits or components
- Stockholders and metal processors that modify stock – eg by drilling, painting, bending, electroplating etc
- Manufacturers of metal components or kits that have a structural use in civil engineering
What do you need to do?
This is the basic process:
- Identify which directive and harmonized standards apply to your products
- Verify your products’ specific requirements
- Assess your products’ current conformity and any changes and testing that may be required
- Make sure your systems conform to Factory Production Control and Welding Quality Management System requirements
- Determine whether you need third-party certification and, if so, appoint a Notified Body to do it
- Draw-up and prepare the required declarations and supporting documents
- Affix correct CE Marking to your products