Deadline Looming – The Truth About CE Marking

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

For more information, or to join the increasing list of companies making use of WLP’s CE Marking Support Services, contact Julian by emailing