A cautionary message for fitters and installers
In July 2013, the new European Construction Products Regulation (CPR) made it a mandatory requirement for many building products, including external windows and doorsets, to comply with the latest harmonised safety standards.
What does it mean for doorsets?
It means that, with a few exceptions, fabricators, suppliers and (in some cases) installers of external doors and doorsets are legally obliged to ensure the products they are selling or installing in the European Economic Area have the necessary Conformité Européenne ‘CE mark’.
The UK based Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has examined the regulations and produced a comprehensive list of the products that require the CE mark. But the bottom line is that any company that processes glass (to toughen it, for example) or manufactures glass, Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) or fully glazed windows must prepare and produce a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and CE mark their products.
What safety aspects are tested?
For doorsets, the DoP must document how the product performs in relation to a list of 11 ‘essential characteristics’ for doorsets.
Is this a significant change?
Most manufacturers will already have tested their products to the necessary safety standards anyway, so the new regulation is simply requiring a formal declaration of the fact. Similarly, anyone who installs a product without any modification will not be affected by the regulation, as the original manufacturer will have taken the necessary steps.
Fitters and installers, beware!
However, fitters and installers who put IGUs into door panels or unglazed frames are responsible for making a Declaration of Performance and CE marking their newly assembled products as they are ultimately responsible for putting the ‘modified’ product on the market.
If you are affected by this rule, you will need to:
- Get your assembled product tested
If you are assembling products in this way you will need to arrange to have the final assembled products tested for compliance. As some of the tests involve investigating a product’s durability, the testing process itself can take several months to complete.
- Get your assembly processes checked
You will also need to demonstrate that you have production factory controls in place to ensure every assembled product meets the same safety standards. This can also take time to arrange.
- Prove your CE mark compliance
While you do not need to physically ‘stamp’ the CE mark on your assembled product, you will need to have a written Declaration of Performance prepared that can be viewed on request
Many are failing to comply, one year on
According to an article in the September 2014 issue of Clearview Magazine, the GGF is concerned that some window and door companies are still failing to comply with the CPR more than a year after its introduction. And this could have severe consequences for the companies and individuals concerned.
In the UK, the Department of Communities and Local Government has overall responsibility for policing the new regulation through the Trading Standards offices. Any fitters or installers who are not complying with the rules risk being taken to Court and fined. The most serious cases could result in a custodial sentence.
Relax. Colordor has done the hard work for you.
Happily, all Colordor doorsets are supplied fully glazed and CE marked to make your life easy – and your work compliant.
Our doorsets are available in 10 different colour or wood grain finishes (as well as white) and use a UV stable coloured foil coating that won’t fade, unlike some paint finishes. And with more than 20 different sash styles to choose from, along with a large selection of glazing designs and hardware options, you can offer your clients a huge choice of finished doors to suit their homes and personal preferences.
 A few exemptions apply, including building work that is exempt from Building Regulations and ‘bespoke’ windows and doors that are made for a one-off project.