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‘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
















of Conformity

CE Marking without the jargon - (1)
  • Manufacturer demonstrates product complies with European-wide 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 party
    • Fire resistance
    • Bullet resistance
    • Explosion resistance
  • here the third party is involved in Factory Production Control as well
What are the benefits of CE Marking? -(1)
  • Other than the legal requirement to do so, benefits of CE Marking for customers include:
  • 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 standards)
  • 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):

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 12150-2
  • 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

slide19 - Pilkington K GlassTM Example

From the Product Directory select the

product required,

in this

case Pilkington K GlassTM

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 2.
  • 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 standards.
  • 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.