ASSA ABLOY clarifies the imminent changes to CE marking
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CE Marking changes
To explain the impact of changes to the CE marking system, ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions offers expert guidance.
As of July 2013, it will become an offence to place a non CE-marked construction product on the market if it is covered by a harmonised standard – a European standard recognised by the European Commission as a basis for legislative compliance.
ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions is keen to point out the implications this ruling has on the subtle differences between doorsets and door assemblies.
Traditionally, doorsets are supplied to projects either as a whole unit or assembly kit from a single source, whereas door assemblies comprise different parts from various sources and are assembled on site.
The supply of CE marked doorsets offers an opportunity to purchase a full doorset, which has the relevant characteristics and will conform with the required standard.
This removes the need to verify the suitability of each component supplied and assessment of the full door when assembled and in situ.
Head of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, Ian Bartlett, explained: “Put simply, a door assembly with components from more than one source cannot be CE-marked and therefore the onus will be on the specifier or architect to ensure conformity in situ.
“Although individual components of a door assembly may meet with European or British Standards when put together they may not all act as intended…”
Currently all CE-marked external doorsets must be compliant with BS EN 14351 – 1:2006, and standards are currently in development for internal and fire or smoke resistant doorsets.
Andy Stolworthy, Product Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, explains how they have worked with testing agencies and fabricators to ensure that completed door assemblies are in line with forthcoming amendments to CE marking, plus taking a closer look at how these changes will affect its customers. In the light of this experience, Andy explains what architects and specifiers need to understand.
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