From the 1st of July 2013 all construction products covered by a harmonised European Standard need to have a Declaration of Performance made and be CE marked in accordance with these requirements covering that product when placed on the market.
The Declaration of Performance is a legal document, which is policed by Trading Standards, not by building regulations. Any person selling goods without the CE mark or making a false or incorrect declaration may be subject to prosecution, which may result in fines or even imprisonment in the most extreme cases.
CE marking is a key indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation. The CE mark is specified by the EU, but refers to the relevant country’s regulations.
Within the UK this enforces compliance with Building Regulations (Part L), which is applicable for all external windows and doors covered by the legislation.
This change affect us directly as we manufacture fully glazed windows. Therefore, we have to make a Declaration of Performance and CE mark our products to show that they comply with the relevant standards.
Basically, any manufacturer has to declare a few characteristics to show the products performance. Most manufacturers do this already, this is just asking for some mandatory requirements to be declared.
Within the UK there are 3 minimum essential characteristics required:
1. Whole item u-value (not the centre pane only)
2. Safety devices (this requires the correct paperwork to be fitted)
3. Dangerous substances (which is not relevant for most joinery)
WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WITH US YOU ARE COMPLETELY SAFE AS ALL OUR PRODUCTS COMPLY WITH CE MARKING REGULATIONS.