Knauf and CE Marking
Knauf products are CE marked in accordance with the EU Construction Products Directive and the relevant harmonised European Standards (hEN)*. This means that the key requirements regarding safety in use (such as reaction to fire or tensile strength) are type tested in our laboratories. Declarations of Performances (DoP’s) give information about the essential characteristics of the product and can be obtained from this website. Being accredited ISO9001 means we continue to ensure compliance of product safety characteristics.
CE marking – What is it all about?
The construction industry is facing the most significant change for a decade in the way in which construction products are sold in Europe. From 1 July 2013, It will become mandatory for manufacturers to apply CE marking to any of their products which are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA).
What is a hEN or ETA?
hEN – harmonised European Standard
Harmonised European Standards provide a solid technical basis for manufacturers for testing the performance of their products. Using these standards the manufacturer will be in position to make the declaration of performance (DoP) of their product and to affix the CE marking.
The hEN on construction products assess for:
• Resistance on fire, reaction to fire, external fire performance, noise absorption,
• Construction products in contact with drinking water,
• Release of dangerous substances,
• Declare the product performance,
ETA – European Technical Approval
A European technical approval (ETA) for a construction product is a favourable technical assessment of its fitness for an intended use. An ETA can be granted when any of the following conditions apply:
• No relevant Harmonised Standards for the product exist
• No mandate for such a Standard has been given by the European Commission
• The European Commission considers that a Standard cannot be developed (yet)
• A product deviates significantly from the relevant Harmonised Standards
• ETAs allow manufacturers to place CE marking on their products.
What is CE marking?
CE marking is a key indicator of a product's compliance with EU legislation and allows the product to be sold within the European market. By affixing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, at their sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve a CE marking.
What is the benefit of CE marking?
The CE marking is a kind of trade passport for the European marketplace: it allows the manufacturer to freely circulate their product throughout the 30 countries of the European Union.
The benefit for manufacturers is that there is now only one set of requirements and procedures to comply with in designing and manufacturing a product for the entire EU. The various and conflicting national regulations are eliminated. As a result, the product no longer needs to be adapted to the specific requirements of the different member states of the EU. In addition, the benefit is the product will be safer for the user and this may also reduce damage and liability claims.
What does it mean to the merchant/distributor?
Often customers will look for CE marking on a product as an indication of the products performance. The product will be deemed safer for the user, due to the testing carried out on the product and this may also reduce damage and liability claims for the customer. The benefit for the customer is peace of mind.
What is a manufacturer's Declaration of Conformity (DoC)?
It is a formal declaration by a manufacturer that the product to which it applies, meets all relevant requirements of all product safety directives. It is a sign that a product has been designed and constructed for compliance and has been through the appropriate conformity assessment processes. The DoC shall also contain the name and address of the manufacturer along with information about the product, such as the brand and serial number. The DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his/her authorized representative, and the employee's function shall also be indicated.
What is a Declaration of Performance (DoP)?
The DoP gives information about the essential characteristics of the product. A Declaration of Performance is drawn up when a product covered by a harmonised standard (hEN) or a European Technical Assessment (ETA) is placed on the market.
*Please note that not all of our products will fall under the EU Construction Products Directive and the relevant harmonised European Standards (hEN), meaning products such as Knauf Easy plaster fall outside of the requirements and will not have a CE Mark. This does not in any way prevent them from being fit for purpose.