What does "CE Marking" mean?
The CE Mark is a graphic symbol and represents a type of “Passport” which allows a construction product to be freely traded in the European Economic area. The CE Marking signifies that the necessary requirements of the intended use defined in a harmonised European standard (hEN) or an European Technical Assessment (ETA), have been fulfilled.
CE Marking Application
There seems to be a great deal of confusion in the market place, not least amongst wholesalers and distributors of construction fixings, as to which products need to carry CE Marking, under the “Construction Products Regulation”(CPR), which becomes mandatory in the UK from July 1st 2013.
We have had many discussions with customers who are requesting that they would like to see a CE Mark on all fixings supplied to them because this is what they have been led to believe should happen from other suppliers. Unfortunately, this is not a true requirement. and The CE marking programme has often been used to mislead in order to increase sales, to create panic in the review of supply chain manufacturers.
In the hope of reassurance, what we can tell you is this:
From the 1st July 2013, fixings manufacturers are required to affix the CE Marking on a product covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or a European Technical Assessment (ETA) where a respective approval has been issued for it.
These include products like fischer chemical resins FIS V 360s and PowerBond and steel anchors like FAZ II and FBN II.
In addition to the above requirement, this also means that where a product is not covered by a hEN and has had no ETA issued to them, they are simply not allowed to bear the CE Mark.
These include products like fischer spring toggles, metal self drill fixings and many forms of fischer frame fixings (except the fischer SXR, SRS and FUR).
fischer & CE Marking
We can confirm that all current “fischer” products, where a European Technical Approval has been issued, are compliant in CE Marking and have the relevant supporting documentation (e.g. ETA, Certificate of Conformity, a respective Declaration of Performance number from 1st July 2013 and CE Marking on the product).
fischer has over 50 European Technical Approvals covering over 8,000 products and also has over 1000 registered patents on fischer manufactured products.
Fixings that carry the CE Mark, should also detail the manufacturer’s address, ETAG number, ETA number (and Option number where applicable) as well as the respective CE and ETA Image. NB: Woodscrews are covered in the hEN.
Where products simply have the CE Graphic Symbol, questions should be asked of their legitimacy as they may not have the supporting documentation and testing programme to prove the CE Marking is allowed to be applied on the product. If in doubt, all holders of approvals and their products are available on the www.eota.be website - should you wish to clarify the products suitability and legitimacy.
If in doubt, our Technical Team are available with any advice on any CE Marking questions you may have. Simply call Adrian, Mirka or Tim on 01491 827920 or email them firstname.lastname@example.org