CE marking is a Europe-wide system which gives the purchaser an assurance that a specific product is fit for purpose and is made under quality-controlled conditions.
Introduction of CE marking for fire doors is planned for later in 2016, with no firm date set. CE marking of internal non-fire doors will follow but again there is no firm date.
It must be stressed that CE marking will be applicable only to a specified range of production-line standard doors. Custom-made doors and doorset assemblies (ie frames and/or essential ironmongery supplied by others) such as those generally produced by Shadbolt, will not be required to be CE marked, but are able to meet Building Regulations requirements by virtue of their independent performance certification.
Shadbolt doors and doorsets
Shadbolt doors and doorsets are covered by extensive testing and ongoing independent third party certification under the Exova BM TRADA Q-Mark scheme, accredited by UKAS (UK Accreditation Service). As such:
o They are fully acceptable for compliance with Building Regulations.
o They offer additional freedom for the specifier by allowing an extended range of sizes and performance. CE marking, whilst useful for standard doors, does not allow this freedom.
o They provide significant additional assurance in that the certification scheme requires regular product audit testing.
The CE marking system
CE marking is a system applicable throughout the European Economic Area, which requires a manufacturer to draw up a Declaration of Performance with respect to the essential characteristics of a product. It gives the purchaser an assurance that the product is fit for purpose and is made under quality-controlled conditions.
Introduction of CE marking
CE marking of fire doorsets has now been put back until later in 2016, after which there will be a transitional introduction period. No date has been set for internal non-fire doorsets.
CE marking will be applicable only to doorsets. It cannot be applied to door leaves alone, or to door assemblies of which the components (frame, ironmongery etc) come from different sources.
Under the Construction Products Regulations Article 5, a manufacturer is not required to make a declaration of performance for individually manufactured or custom-made products in response to a specific order, and installed in a single identified construction work.
Purpose-made fire doors and doorset assemblies are acceptable under Building Regulations on the basis of an accredited third party certification scheme, without being CE marked.
Doors will be CE marked under the following harmonised European standards which define the essential characteristics under the Construction Products Regulation.
BS EN 14351-1:2006 + A1 2010 Windows and doors – Product standard, performance characteristics. Part 1 Windows and external pedestrian doorsets without resistance to fire and smoke leakage characteristics.
pr EN 14351-2 Windows and doors – Product standard, performance characteristics.
Part 2 Windows and internal pedestrian doorsets without resistance to fire and smoke leakage characteristics.
pr EN 16034 Pedestrian doorsets, industrial, commercial and garage doors and openable windows – Product standards, performance characteristics. Fire resistance and/or smoke control.