Your Essential Guide to CE Marking - PatioMaster

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From July 1 2013 under the EU Construction Products Regulation (previously Construction Products Directive), CE Marking of window and doors will become mandatory. Products will have to achieve prescribed levels of performance as outlined in BS EN 14351-1:2006 but also be manufactured in line with a factory production control system (FPC). This will create something a problem for those customers who buy-in frames and glass separately. Companies or individuals who fall within the above category and who market products under their name or trademark will have the responsibility to CE Mark that product. So what does this mean? Apart from ensuring your supplied products conform to their relative harmonised standards, you will need to formulate a factory production control (FPC) system. (There is a Checklist at the end of this guidance document that can guide manufacturers to compliance).

Guide to Factory Production Control Most companies will already have procedures for dealing with their customers and suppliers but may not have them documented. BS EN 14351-1:2006 section 7.3 outlines the elements required for a documented FPC and include: •

Personnel – define responsibilities and authority



Equipment – maintain measuring equipment via calibration



Raw materials and components – inspection scheme for ensuring conformity



Production process – document the various stages



Product testing and evaluation – test and inspect non-finished and finished product



Traceability and marking



Non-conforming products – deal with and record non-conforming products



Corrective action – eliminate non-conformities.

At first sight this may seem daunting but if you stick to a simple rule of ‘say what you do, and do what you say’ the process becomes easier. If applied correctly and adhered to it should make you safe from prosecution. In simple terms your FPC should have documented procedures for:•

Surveying process that ensures the correct window or door is ordered.



Ordering Process which reflects the customers’ requirements, including compliance to prescribed product standards, Building Regulations and whole window and door u-values.



Purchasing specification for compliant products for example windows and doors to BS EN 14351, safety glass’ to BS EN 12150 or BS EN 14449 (Laminated) and Insulating Glass Unit’s (IGU) to BS EN 1279.

 



Ordering procedure for IGU’s from a compliant manufacturer. Remember you will need to obtain a Declaration of Conformity or Performance to BS EN 1279 (and BS EN 12150 – toughened glass) from your suppliers(s).



Inspection of incoming product



Training Records for all staff – a simple matrix that records workplace skills of individual employees will suffice. You can go further and have a record of experience and qualifications but remember to include health & safety aspects in all training for example manual handling and working at height etc.



Record of Customer Complaints.



Record rejected goods, windows, IGU’s, components, etc.



Keep a record of what action has been taken to resolve complaints and deal with rejected or non-conforming items.



The calibration of measuring devices. By using tape measures that are marked Class (II) and by using a measuring method from 100mm will overcome the need to calibrate tapes regularly and only use tapes that are marked



Introduce a checking procedure that ensures the correct IGU is matched to the correct frame and to make sure these agree with the original order or specification.



Have a method of satisfying the CE Marking requirements. Placing the CE Marking onto frames is not mandatory but may be commercially desirable.



Installation procedure or guidelines that is specific to a particular window system.

Factory Production Control Template We at Sierra Windows believe we have a responsibility to guide our customers through this process and have developed a simple FPC template. The template, which can be downloaded from the web portal, can be modified to suit your processes. You can download a sample FPC Manual that shows how it should look when completed. In addition we can supply form format templates that you may find useful as part of your FPC. The documents provided on the portal have been produced to provide comprehensive guidance and assistance to our customers but, should you have any questions or require additional support, please contact your Area Sales Manager or your Sales Co-ordinator; they will be able to guide you through the process. Once all this is in place you can CE Mark the product. BS EN 14351 gives you four options on how you mark your product. The Rules and conditions for affixing of CE Marking are that it must be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the construction product or to a label attached to it. Where this is not possible, or warranted on account of the nature of the product, it must be affixed to packaging or to the accompanying documents. We believe at Sierra Windows that it is not practical to place labels on the products and therefore will be printing it on our invoices. Our unglazed customers will have to make up their own mind.

 

Instructions for the Factory Production Control Manual Template [Insert Job Title] insert as appropriate ( i.e. Managing Director, Manager, Installer or Qualified Employee or Company. (Job titles are inserted because individual named persons may change, but job titles will not). -

[Insert …..] indicates the need for you to insert text outlining procedures etc.

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Italics indicate explanations and can be removed from the document.

Glossary CE - Conformité Européenne (European Conformity) DoP – Declaration of Performance (available at www.sierrawindows.co.uk) FPC – Factory Production Control (Quality Management System) IGU – Insulating Glass Units

References BS EN 14351-1:2006+A1:2010 - Windows and doors. Product standard, performance characteristics. Windows and external pedestrian door sets without resistance to fire and/or smoke leakage characteristics BS EN 12150-1:2000 - Glass in building. Thermally toughened soda lime silicate safety glass. Definition and description BS EN 14449:2005 - Glass in building. Laminated glass and laminated safety glass. Evaluation of conformity/product standard BS EN 1279-5:2005+A2:2010 - Glass in building. Insulating glass units. Evaluation of conformity

 

CE  Marking  Factory  Production  Control  (FPC)  checklist   This  checklist  can  be  used  to  create  your  own  FPC  system  (using  the  CE  Marking  FPC  Manual  template)  or  to   confirm  that  your  existing  one  meets  the  requirements  of  the  Product  Standard.   A  

Personnel  

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1.

Have     you  appointed  the  person  who  is  responsible  for  FPC?  

 

2.

Have     you  defined  the  responsibility  and  authority  of  and  relationship  between  personnel  that   manage,  perform  or  verify  work  affecting  product  performance?    

 

3.

Have     you  identified  those  individuals  responsible  for  all  stages  of  production?    

 

4.

Are     personnel  performing  work  affecting  product  performance  competent?  

 

B  

Equipment  

 

5.

Do     you  have  documented  procedures  for  the  calibration  of  testing  and  measuring  equipment?    

 

6.

Do     you  have  documented  procedures  for  the  inspection  of  testing  and  measuring  equipment?    

 

7.

Do     you  have  documented  procedures  for  the  inspection  and  maintenance  of  manufacturing   equipment?    

 

8.

Do     you  have  records  of  manufacturing  equipment  inspections  and  maintenance?      

 

C  

Raw  materials  and  components  

 

9.

Have     you  documented  the  specifications  of  all  incoming  materials  and  components?    

 

10.

Do     you  have  a  documented  procedure  for  the  inspection  of  materials  and  components?    

 

D  

Production  process  

 

11.

Have     you  documented  the  various  stages  of  production?    

 

12.

Is    the  checking  procedure  identified?    

 

13.

Do     you  have  records  of  all  checks,  their  results  and  corrective  action  taken?    

 

E  

Product  testing  and  evaluation  

 

14.

Do     you  have  procedures  to  ensure  that  the  declared  values  of  the  relevant  characteristics  are   maintained?    

 

15.

Do     you  have  a  test  plan  for  the  testing  and/or  inspection  of  parts  and  products?    

 

16.

Do     you  have  records  of  the  results  of  inspections,  tests  or  assessments  and  action  taken?    

 

F  

Traceability  and  marking  

 

17.

Are     your  products  identifiable?  

 

18.

Can     you  trace  your  products  to  their  production  origin?    

 

19.

Do     you  have  procedures  to  ensure  that  the  processes  for  affixing  traceability  codes  and/or   markings  are  inspected  regularly?  

 

G  

Non-­‐conforming  products  

 

20.

Do     you  have  documented  procedures  specifying  how  non-­‐conforming  products  are  dealt  with?  

 

21.

Do     you  have  records  of  non-­‐conformities  and  how  they  have  been  dealt  with?    

 

H  

Corrective  action  

 

22.

Do     you  have  documented  procedures  that  instigate  action  to  eliminate  the  causes  of  non-­‐ conformities?    

 

 

 

Example  of  Declaration  of  Performance  

Declaration  of  Performance   [DoP  No.]   1.

Product  type:  

Double-­‐glazed  PVCu  casement  sash  window  

2.

Product  type  number:  

[Code]  

3.

Intended  use:  

Not  on  escape  route  

4.

Manufacturer:  

[Name  and  address]  

5.

Authorised  representative:  

[Name]  –  address  as  in  point  4  

6.

System  of  assessment  of  performance:  

3  

7.

Reference  harmonised  standard:  

BS  EN  14351–1:2006  +  A1:2010  

[Notified  body  and  NB  code]  performed  [task(s)]  and  issued  [report  nos.]     8.

European  Technical  Assessment:  

9.

Declared  performance:  

Not  applicable  

Essential  Characteristic  

Performance  

9.1  

Resistance  to  wind  load  

npd  

9.2  

Water  tightness  

npd  

9.3  

Dangerous  substances

9.4  

Load-­‐bearing  capacity  of  safety    

 

None

Harmonised  Technical  Specification  

 

350  N

 

device  

BS  EN  14351-­‐1:2006  +  A1:2010  

9.5  

Acoustic  performance  

npd  

9.6  

Thermal  transmittance

9.7  

Radiation  properties  

npd  

9.8  

Air  permeability  

npd  

9.9  

Ability  to  release  

Not  applicable  

 

<  1.6  W/(m².K)  

 

10. The  performance  of  the  product  identified  in  points  1  and  2  is  in  conformity  with  the  declared   performance  in  point  9.  This  declaration  of  performance  is  issued  under  the  sole  responsibility  of  the   manufacturer  identified  in  point  4.   Signed  for  and  on  behalf  of  the  manufacturer  by:     .....................................................................................................................................................   (name  &  title)     ..................................................................................                    .........................................................   (place  and  date  of  issue)                                                                                                          (signature)