THE EUROPEAN POLYCARBONATE SHEET EXTRUDERS ASSOCIATION STRESSES STRENGTH OF ITS MEMBERS CE MARKING
EPSE – the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders association, comprised of the top-level PC sheet producers in Europe, – stresses strength of their CE marking and questions unnecessary and costly national certification schemes/testing.
The CE-Marking of Construction Products, such as the sheets produced by the EPSE members, is regulated by the EU Construction Products Directive 305/2011 and its amendments.
EPSE members are currently CE-marking their sheets according to the following European Standards: EN 16153 for multiwall polycarbonate sheets and EN 16240 for solid polycarbonate sheets.
The CE marking is affixed by the manufacturer to its products. By placing CE marking on a product, he declares the product’s conformity with the applicable legal requirements valid in Europe.
More specifically, the CE marking indicates that sheets bearing the CE mark meet EU safety, health or environmental requirements. It guarantees the free movement of safe products within the European market and is a key indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation. Also, by CE-Marking, manufacturers assure that their products comply with the accompanying Declaration of Performance (DoP). The DoP delivers information about the essential characteristics of the product.
In that way, the customers can be assured they are buying polycarbonate sheets which are up to standard and truly meeting all the necessary technical requirements.
Nevertheless, some countries like e.g. France and Germany, sometimes ask for additional marks or certificates which leads to additional – and expensive - testing. This is totally against the spirit of CE, which stands for a harmonized and unified European market without any extra national requirements.
Therefore, national public authorities cannot and shouldn’t ask for any additional marks or certificates, let alone additional and expensive testing.
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