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New ce marking requirements for construction products

3rd August 2013

From 1 July 2013, all UK construction products, including windows and doors, are required to carry the CE mark, under the new Construction Products Regulations (CPR). CE marking of construction products had previously been voluntary in the UK. Polar has been preparing for this and all Polar products are now constructed in accordance with the required CE mark.

What does CE stand for?

The CE mark is a certification or ‘passport’ linked to a construction product (or its packaging), to verify that it may be legally sold in any EU member state. It reassures customers of the product’s suitability for purpose, as a CE mark indicates a consistency with the product’s Declaration of Performance (DoP).

Although the CE mark is not a quality mark, it can be used in conjunction with quality marks, and Polar already complies with EN ISO 9001, which is deemed a suitable factory production control (FPC) system for ensuring conformity with the product’s Declaration of Performance (DoP). Technical data sheets are provided with CE marked products to give specifiers/regulators accurate information to verify the product is performing as it should and these data sheets will vary by product, depending upon individual specification.

What are the Construction Products Regulations (CPR)?

The aim of the CPR is to break down barriers to trade in construction products, and to harmonise product assessments and tests. These regulations verify the constancy of performance of construction products in EU member states. There are seven basic requirements: mechanical resistance and safety; safety in case of fire; hygiene, health and environment; safety and accessibility in use; protection against noise; energy economy and heat retention; and sustainable use of natural resources.

Polar holds significant industry standards for quality and performance, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001, as well as CHAS, Achilles, SafeContractor and Constructionline approved standards.

Polar MD John Wilson commented: "Having the CE mark on our products will provide our customers with reassurance that all are safe and legal for use in the UK - or indeed anywhere in the EU, and that all conform to the same high standard. Make sure you ask whether the construction products you are planning to have fitted carry this important mark."