This Wood Information Sheet explains the legal basis behind CE marking and the requirement to comply with the EU Construction Products Directive. The role of ‘Harmonised standards’ and CE marking in demonstrating compliance with the CPD is discussed.
Products which can be CE marked to Harmonised Standards currently are listed, as are those which may be found with CE marks via an ETAG. Examples of CE marking for glulam, trussed rafters and machine-graded structural timber are illustrated.
The first harmonised Standard published for timber products was EN 13986 for panel products and this is used to demonstrate the process behind CE marking. The performance requirements defined in the standard relate to the Essential Requirements laid down in the CPD and these are shown in tables.
The Construction Products Regulation makes it compulsory for all construction products in the EU which fall under the scope of a harmonised standard to carry a CE mark.
Harmonised European standards (hEN), are produced by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN); and European Technical Assessments are produced by a Technical Assessment Body (TAB) such as BM TRADA.