Ian Makins, ASDMA Chairman:
ASDMA is concerned about the confusion and misinformation that surrounds CE marking and it is important that specifiers recognise that the CE mark for timber doors with fire resistance characteristics is applicable only to doorsets and not door assemblies.
For the dominant product on the market in the UK door assemblies third party product certification still applies and provides significant higher levels of assurance on product performance and fitness for purpose than CE marking.
CE marking and third party certification are not alternatives. They are intended to serve different objectives. And they can co-exist with advantage within the limits of those objectives.
A new interactive CE Marking flow chart is available from ASDMA, who also offer best practice guidance concerning the use and installation of timber doors.
As a recognised voice of the timber door industry, ASDMA have spent a considerable amount of time scrutinising the European Community source core documents, also consulting with the regulatory authorities in the UK and with Trading Standards who are the designated product contact point in the UK for building products under the CPR.
A full article comparing the CE marking process and third party certification is available on the ASDMA web site for the information of users, specifiers, designers and the industry at large.
The introduction of the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) from 1 July 2014 is widely spoken of as a major change in the marketing of construction products. And so it is, if the intention is to trade across the market of the European Union.
But third party product certification schemes provide confidence and assurance in fitness for purpose where fire resistance is concerned.
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