How can ARC Management Systems help?
- We are Ireland’s largest CE Marking consultancy, so we have extensive experience not just with external windows and doors but in all other aspects of CE such as structural steel ,building products, machinery, pressure vessels etc.
- We provide a fixed contract price, so from the beginning you know the full cost. We do not have hidden costs such as travel or daily rates with no project time-frames.
- Being the largest CE Marking consultancy it allows us to provide our clients with a multi disciplinary staff to support their project including Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical and Quality Engineers.
- All of our Compliance Engineers have years of experience in the respective fields.
Guidance for manufacturers:
From 1st October 2013 it became illegal to place windows and external pedestrian doorsets on the market without a CE Mark and a Declaration of Performance (DOP). This is due to the introduction of the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) which is an EU law and is being adopted by all member states including Ireland.
This guide explains what manufacturers/assemblers of complete window and external doorsets (that are not fire, smoke or emergency escape doors) will need to do to comply with the CPR, which means meeting the requirements of the Product Standard BS EN 14351-1: 2006+A1:2010: Windows and doors – Product standard.
The first thing to do is to define your products and group them into ‘product families’.
When grouping products, you should consider whether you can demonstrate that variations within the same product family do not impact on the performance characteristics you need or want to claim.
The declared performance for the product family must be the lowest performance achieved by the product range covered by the family, so bear in mind that grouping a wide range of variations into a family will not show the higher performing variations e.g. a multi-light window or doorset with side lights/panels is likely to achieve a lower performance than a single window or doorset. Likewise, a tilt/turn window typically will have a lower performance than a side hung window.
When attempting to identify product families it is sensible to consider:
- Variations in the core components within a product family i.e.
- Frame e.g. materials (i.e. PVC-U, timber, aluminium or steel) and dimensions.
- Casement/Leaf e.g. materials and dimensions, as well as different opening configurations (e.g. side hung, top hung, tilt/turn windows* and side hung, sliding and bi-folding doors).
- Hardware e.g. differing hardware suppliers.
- Weather sealing e.g. different types of seal.
- Infill panels – glazed/non-glazed e.g. variations in glazing or the size/shape of infill panels in door leaves.
The Product Standard includes a list of ‘Essential Characteristics’ (in annex ZA) that must be referred to in the Declaration of Performance and CE Mark. These all need to be included to confirm you have considered them, but only a few MUST have a performance claimed against them – these are Mandatory in Ireland.
Responsibility for completing the various stages of the CE marking process for construction products varies depending upon how safety critical the product is. The more critical, the greater ‘third party’ involvement is required.
Windows and external doorsets without fire resistance, smoke leakage performance or on escape routes are not considered safety critical and therefore are covered by Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVCP) System 3.
The means of the Manufacturer is responsible for all stages of the process, including the Declaration of Conformity and issue of the CE Mark.
The only Notified Body involvement is to provide test evidence and must be accredited.