Accreditation and CE Marking

In recent years there has been a growing trend for specifiers to require some form of third party accreditation or certification for the construction products used on their buildings. Several schemes are currently in use in the United Kingdom including BBA Certification, Trada’s Q Mark and the Steel Construction Institute’s SCI Assessed. With the introduction of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) on 1st July 2013, CE Marking is now compulsory for many construction products, including non-structural elements such as metal cladding sheets. It is the responsibility of anyone wishing to place a construction product on the market in the UK, or elsewhere in the EU, to ensure that it complies with the CPR. Failure to comply is a criminal offence.

The group has broad experience in assisting construction product manufacturers with a variety of accreditation and assessment schemes, including CE marking. Services range from advising manufacturers on the requirements for CE marking to undertaking physical testing, computer modelling and analysis to meet the requirements for Initial Type Testing (for CE marking) or other third party accreditation. Recent activity in this field includes testing of self-supporting metal cladding sheets to BS EN 14782 and composite wall and roof panels to BS EN 14509.

Depending on the type of product and its Attestation of Conformity (AoC) level, manufacturers wishing to CE mark their products may need to engage the services of a Notified Body. Although not a Notified Body itself, the group has good relationships with BM Trada and Lloyds Register, both of whom are Notified Bodies.