European Conformity Marking - Continuous Monitoring

The CE (Conformité Européen = European Conformity) marking certifies that a product has met EU health, safety and environmental requirements to ensure customer safety.

Currently 32 countries require the CE marking. From 1st of July 2013 the Construction Products Regulation EU/305/2001demands the CE marking for every construction product.

To meet the requirements all CFS products have gone through a conformity process. The marking has either to be based on harmonised standards or an European assessment document (European technical approval). To obtain the CE marking several steps have to be taken. The following points sum up some of the important demands.

1) First sample analysis which includes design and material testing.
2) Technical documentation has to be compiled to show the products compliance:

Lifting Systems
are covered by the machinery directive (2006/42/EC). This means in practise testing of the following: Materials, Mechanical properties, Testing in concrete application and empirical calculations. Without all the above CE marking cannot apply.

Fixing Systems
are covered by DIN/EN 1090. This means that all manufacturing processes have to conform to this standard.

3) CFS supplies products conforming to ISO 9001: 2008 and DIN 1090 systems. This means to monitor the design,the production and control samples in application.
4) CFS declares the conformity of relevant supplied products to DIN 1090 or the Machinery Directive.
5) With CE identification the product has to be marked with the following: producer, dimension and a note on load capacity. CFS can provide all of the above documentation for your inspection and approval.

CFS is committed to CE marking even though it means going the extra mile. The effort that goes into the CE marking makes a considerable difference compared to many products from the Far East or suppliers distributing products from the Far East, who do not have all conformity documentation and testing as listed above. Therefore some importers try to find solutions without fulfilling the above requirements. An example is the surprising similarity between the CE symbol and the symbol for ‘China Export’ (shown below).

CE Mark

The CFS product labelling meets the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and/or DIN/EN 1090 Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures.

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