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GGP December 2014

Glass & Glass Processing CGI International’s David Jolliffe, discusses the importance of CE marking fire rated December 2014 31 Mark my words The European Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC), which seeks to remove technical barriers to the trade of construction products, was in force until 1 July 2013 when it was replaced by the Construction Products Regulation. Manufacturers, distributors and importers of construction products should now be fully aware of these provisions that govern the use of such products in the UK. However, it appears that this simply is not the case. Some businesses are still operating, apparently oblivious to their legal responsibilities under the directive and with the real threat of prosecution looming, it is time to take note. The requirements for the application of a CE mark are varied. With different attestation levels giving rise to tiered inspection criteria, fire glass as a life critical safety product is identified at one of the higher levels, therefore needing to be third party certified by an appropriately qualified notified body. This same requirement comes into force for anyone that modifies the product in such a way that it changes the fundamental characteristics of the product. One example of this is the inclusion of Pyroguard EW30 fire glass into an insulated glazed unit. In this example, the product standard would change from BSEN14449 to BSEN1279, therefore the IGU manufacturer would now be responsible for placing a new fire resistant product on the market and, as such, is responsible for CE marking of the product. Consequently, this manufacturer would also have to include provision of all relevant certification, and produce a suitable Declaration of Performance (DoP) to cover the new product. This translates into a lot of responsibility being placed on the IGU manufacturer, and reliance on the original fire glass manufacturer providing or cascading all the appropriate test and certification evidence in a concise and presentable format. CGI international is an advocate for the CE marking principle and has, in fact, been CE marking the Pyroguard range of products since 2007. As manufacturers and distributors of a processable product, CGI International has introduced the Pyroguard Technical Licencing Programme (TLP). The TLP ensures that the CE marking principles are understood by the licenced partners, but more importantly are maintained by them. This ensures that the final products reach the market and are utilised within the intended application and tested scope, with full access to the cascaded evidence. CGI also offers assistance to partners in attaining the attestation level required, benefitting from excellent working relations with appropriate notified bodies and ensuring a smooth, efficient process. There are many bodies that enforce CE marking legislation. Enforcement, or market surveillance, is undertaken by nominated public authorities (Market Surveillance Authorities) who are responsible for enforcing the legislation now it has been implemented into national law. Market Surveillance Authorities and processes will vary depending on which directives are applicable to your product. The following bodies, amongst others, are responsible for CE marking enforcement in the UK: • Trading Standards Services. • The Health and Safety Executive. • The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. • The Vehicle Certification Agency. • The National Measurement Office. If an enforcement body finds your product does not meet CE marking requirements, they will often provide you with an opportunity to ensure it is correctly CE marked. If you fail to comply with this, you will be obliged to take your product off the market. You may also be liable for a fine and imprisonment. In summary, the requirements for CE marking have become more stringent over the last year. IGU manufacturers or glass processors modifying the characteristics of fire glass must be aware of their responsibilities for CE marking of the product. Working with a fire glass supplier which provides education on product applications and quick access to test evidence has never been more important. www.pyroguard.eu products for IGU manufacturers. “The requirements for the application of a CE mark are varied.”


GGP December 2014
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