Marking is an industry standard that companies such as Steel Arts must adhere to. If you have heard of the term CE Marking but are not too sure what it entails, let’s take a closer look.
What is CE Marking?
A CE Mark is a declaration given by the manufacturer to a customer. It guarantees that the product involved complies with the necessary EU Legislation.
Since July 2013, in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR), it became compulsory for manufacturers to apply this CE Marking to their products covered by a Harmonised European Standard (HEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA).
Members of the RIDBA (Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) who manufacture frames must show the CE Mark on their products and those who purchase may only buy CE Marked items.
Any steel products that are covered by the following standards must have the CE Mark:
- Open Sections – BS EN 10025-1
- Hollow Sections – BS EN 10210-1 and BS EN 10219-1
- Plates – BS EN 10025-1
- Bolting Assemblies – BS EN 15048-1 and BS EN 14399-1
In addition, since July 2014, any steel/aluminium products that are covered by the following standards must have the CE Mark:
- Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures – BS EN 1090
Who is affected by CE Marking to BS EN 1090-1?
As RIDBA members and manufacturers of components/kits that are used structurally, Steel Arts have to ensure that their products are CE marked.
Similarly, if they buy in any components/kits, they must be CE marked.
Not to comply with these regulations is a serious one as CE Marking is controlled by criminal law. Companies who fail to adhere to the ruling can be fined and the directors even given a custodial sentence. Not having the correct accreditation in place will result in being forced to stop trading until paperwork is in order and the recall of all non-compliant products.
How do products qualify to have the CE Mark applied?
In order to mark products correctly, manufacturers must have the following essential documents in place:
- Factory Production Control (FPC) Certificate – this is issued by a Notified Inspection Body (NB)
- Welding Certificate for the appointed Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC) – issued by a NB
- Declaration of Performance (DoP) – this is issued by the steelwork contractor (such as Steel Arts)
Manufacturers also must go through a strict application process in order to be able to use the CE Mark. This involves applying for accreditation that is provided by a Notified Inspection Body (NB). They then assess the company to make sure that they are only operating to the highest of standards:
- Purchasing systems and components have to be CE Marked
- Operations must be carried out in accordance with well-defined specifications
- Developing risk assessments is compulsory, as is making sure that they are continually updated
- Developing prototypes is essential for assessment and/or calculations to ensure product safety
- Developing and managing a Factory Production Control (FPC) processes is critical. This covers many things including training of employees, maintenance and control of products and detailed record keeping.
When you choose Steel Arts, you know that you are in safe hands. Clients have full peace of mind, knowing that they are being provided with products that are of an exceptionally high quality, manufactured in accordance with the CE Mark standard.