‘Easy Steps to CE Marking’
External presentation
August 2005
CE Marking - contents
• Jargon-busting
• Key dates
• What will the customer see?
– Pack label and delivery documents
– ‘Full’ CE Marking
• Customer responsibilities
– Merchants
– Tougheners
• Other products
• Benefits
• Further information
Don’t be afraid of the jargon!
Certificate of
Declaration of
Performance Description
of Conformity
CE Marking without the jargon - (1)
• Manufacturer demonstrates product complies with Europeanwide standard, on the basis of:
– One-off External testing (“Initial Type Test”)
– Factory Production control (on-going)
• When product compliant, manufacturer makes a legal and
transparent declaration
• Allows CE Marking of product
• Product can be made available for sale in EU
• Supporting documentation held and maintained in event of legal
challenge (Technical File)
CE Marking without the jargon - (2)
• Level of involvement of third party (Notified Body) for initial
type testing dependent upon:
– Product type
– Product use
• Higher the “risk” if product fails, the greater involvement of third
– Fire resistance
– Bullet resistance
– Explosion resistance
here the third party is involved in Factory Production Control as
What are the benefits of CE Marking? -(1)
Other than the legal requirement to do so, benefits of CE Marking for customers
• Declared performance from manufacturers will be more transparent than in the
past and more open to challenge
• Opportunity to be seen as ahead of the market as a result of understanding and
knowledge of CE Marking
• Security for customers, Architects and Specifiers as Pilkington proves the
performance of their products on a European scale
• One set of data per product
• No legal requirement for maintaining national voluntary marks - CE Marking
states that a product is ‘fit for purpose’ therefore a money-saving opportunity
What are the benefits of CE Marking? -(2)
Other than the legal requirement to do so, benefits of CE Marking include:
• Testing independently undertaken by accredited third party
• Products can be compared across borders (harmonised product and test
• Some of the testing goes beyond traditional national requirements
• Product standards introduced to some countries where none previously existed
• Manufacturer’s responsibility clearly defined
• Higher ‘risk’ products require greater involvement of third parties e.g. fire
resistance, etc.
• Manufacturer much more accountable under a common legal framework
When can CE Marking start?
Following standards applicable from 1st September 2005
(and ‘mandatory’ from 1st September 2006):
Product standard
EN 572-9 (Basic soda lime silicate glass)
Pilkington Products
EN 1096-4 (Coated glass)
EN 12150-2 (Toughened glass)
Pilkington K GlassTM, Pilkington OptithermTM,
Pilkington SuncoolTM, Pilkington Activ,
Pilkington Eclipse AdvantageTM
Pilkington T glass
EN 1863-4 (Heat strengthened glass)
Pilkington Heat Strengthened glass
Pilkington OptifloatTM, Pilkington OptiwhiteTM,
Pilkington Arctic Blue , Pilkington Texture Glass,
Pilkington PyroshieldTM, Pilkington ProfilitTM
Pilkington intends CE Marking the above products
progressively from September 2005
What do merchants need to do?
• Check incoming product is CE Marked
• Characteristics of incoming product from manufacturer
unchanged by cutting processes
– ‘Pass on’ CE Marking information from manufacturer
• Ensure Factory Production Control for cut sizes set up in
accordance with EN 572-pts 8&9
– Thickness (visual check)
– Dimensions (measurement)
– Visual/optical quality (visual check)
What do tougheners need to do?
• Obtain copy of EN 12150 parts 1&2
• Prepare product description
• Set up a Factory Production Control in accordance with EN
• Submit samples for initial type testing to Notified Body
– “Prove the product is the product” (fragmentation/mechanical strength)
– For any claimed characteristics (e.g. pendulum body impact resistance to
EN 12600)
• Set up Technical File of supporting documentation (e.g. Product
Description, test reports, Declaration of Conformity, etc.)
Ultimate responsibility for ensuring compliance of toughened
glass rests with the toughener
Countries where CE Marking not mandatory
4 countries have decided not to make the CE Marking
of the finished product mandatory:
• UK
• Ireland
• Sweden
• Finland
However, still mandatory to meet the requirements of
the CPD by complying with the product standard
What about other products?
Products not covered in the ‘first phase’
• Laminated glass (EN 14449)
• Heat soaked toughened glass (EN 14179-2)
• Insulating glass units (EN 1279-5)
No firm start date yet, but latest indications:
Standards applicable for these products from March 2006
(Mandatory from March 2007)
CE Marking - What will the customer see?
Minimal essential information on pack label and
delivery note:
• CE logo
• Product standard (e.g. EN 572-9)
• Reference to CE Marking website:
Full information (including performance
characteristics) available from website
CE Marking - Pack label
CE logo
CE Marking
CE Marking – e.g of Delivery Documentation
CE logo
CE Marking
‘Full’ CE Marking documentation for all products
Product information
available direct from
via country ‘Product
Directory’ on
Available in local languages
‘Full’ CE Marking documentation for all products
Product standard
Product description
(and intended use)
Product name
Declared values
(i.e. performance)
Date and version - Pilkington K GlassTM Example
From the
Directory select
in this
case Pilkington
K GlassTM
CE Marking Internet Page - Pilkington K GlassTM Example
The CE Marking
CE Marking Internet Page - Pilkington K GlassTM Example
CE Marking
data for Toughened
K Glass
Further information
• Pilkington CE Marking Home Page
• Dedicated email address for internal and external enquiries
– commitment to respond to emails within two working days
• GEPVP (Association of European Flat Glass Manufacturers)
• European Commission
• CEN (European Standards Organisation)
Glossary - (1)
1. Groupement Européen des Producteurs de Verre Plat (GEPVP) - GEPVP is a
European organisation consisting of the European Group of Flat Glass Manufacturers,
Glaverbel, Pilkington, Saint Gobain and Guardian.
2. Constructions Product Directive (CPD) – the CPD was established was established to
remove technical barriers to trade for construction products. With regard to glass
products this would be achieved by the production of harmonised European technical
standards, CENTC 129, specifically against the “Glass in Building” mandate (M135).
The mandate covers flat glass, profiled glasses and glass block products.
3. Harmonised European Norm (hEN) – the hENs are European standards adopted by
Comité Européen de Normalisation (CEN) following a mandate issued by the EC.
They are developed through an open and transparent process, built on consensus
between all interested parties.
4. CE Marking – the CE Marking is a symbol placed on either a product or product
accompanying documentation. The CE Mark indicates that a product conforms to all
the provisions of the CPD and hEN as required by the CPD.
Glossary - (2)
5. System of Attestation of Conformity – The ‘Systems of Attestation of Conformity’
contained within the CPD detail the level of involvement of Notified Bodies in the
process of showing conformity. Dependant on the final intended use of the glass
product a different ‘System of Attestation may be applicable. From the available
Systems of Attestation only 1,3 and 4 apply to ‘Glass in Building’. Refer to Appendix
6. Initial Type Testing (ITT)– testing undertaken by the manufacturer in the case of
System of Attestation 4 and by a notified testing body in the case of Systems of
Attestation 1 or 3. The test methods are contained within the supporting product
7. Factory Production Control (FPC) – each hEN contains a set of factory production
controls required to ensure the system operated within a factory meets all the relevant
criteria set out in the hEN. These tend to cover material control, production control and
product control.
Glossary - (3)
8. No performance declared (NPD) – where Pilkington does not chose to declare a value
or there is no regulatory requirement to do so a “no performance declared” (NPD) is
indicated against the particular characteristic.
9. Transition Period – the ‘transition period’ refers to the entire 21-month time interval
between the publication of a hEN and the mandatory date for a product in the market to
conform to the CPD and be CE Marked.
10. Notified External Body - A notified external body is an organisation involved in
certification and/or inspection and/or testing that are notified, by a member state, to the
European Commission as being competent. Tests, inspections and certificates
done/delivered by a ‘Notified Body’ have to be recognised and accepted in all the
countries of the EU.

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