BRE Global has become one of the first organisations in Europe to be able to provide manufacturers of construction products with complete CE marking services for a range of solutions not covered by harmonised European Standards under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
The scope for manufacturers to CE mark their construction products has been significantly expanded by the European Commission’s recent decision to allow Notified Bodies to be notified for European Technical Approval Guidelines (to be used as European Assessment Documents, or EADs).
Prior to this, Notified Bodies could only issue CE Certificates against harmonised European Standards, enabling CE marking of a relatively limited range of generally well-established products.
This means that the number and range of building products and systems for which BRE Global can provide CE marking services has been considerably expanded. These include fire stopping, fire sealing and fire protection products.
Once it has been established that all requirements of the ETAG (used as an EAD) have been met, the Notified Body can provide a CE Certificate, and the manufacturer can then issue a Declaration of Performance.
BRE Global’s quality manager Mike Pratt noted: “BRE Global was able to test against ETAGs as a Technical Assessment Body and issue certificates against ETAGs as a Notified Body under the CPD for many years. Now that we can use ETAGs as EADs, we can provide the same service under the CPR. This is a great benefit to our customers.”