ABIMCI - Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Madeira Processada Mecanicamente

CE Marking

The “CE” marking is an European conformity seal, and it symbolizes the conformity of a product according to the requirements imposed by the European Community, which states that the manufacturer meets the requirements of European Standard (EN – European norms) for the product in question.

These requirements refer to the Conformity Marking of the European Community (CE – Marking), regulated by a directive of the European Community attesting the conformity of a product according to the requirements of European Norms EN, required in order to have access to 28 European countries. It is the policy of construction products CPD-89/106/CE governed by EN-13986: 2004.

Remember that the CE Marking certification is a product certification and the issuer is the European certification agent, and PNQM is a certification of the production process developed by ABIMCI.

To acquire CE certification is necessary that your company has a quality control system within the company and PNQM has international recognition that is accepted by the European Union.

Obtaining the CE marking certification via ABIMCI has several benefits, such as preparing documentation and communicating with the certifier. We also emphasize that the Association has a technical department, which among many activities, include:

Interpretation of European standards;

Orientation of the necessary steps to achieve certification;

The documentation is prepared and translated by technical advisers at ABIMCI.

The association is prepared to meet all requirements, procedures and documents to obtain this certification, which facilitates the process and reduces the cost of the Company before a certification body, such as BM TRADA.

Requirement for Panels

According to the European standard EN 13986:2002, as of April 2004, the “CE” certification will be required for  wood based panels throughout the European Economic Area.
This standard should be interpreted in light of the Construction Products Directive (CPD), which regulates it. Thus, the wood based panels to which the standard refers are the permanent incorporation in construction (civil engineering and construction).

The Directive lays down essential requirements for structural products, aiming to meet certain levels of strength and stability; fire safety; hygiene, and environmental health; safety in use; protection against noise; as well as energy saving and heat retention.
Among the tasks required by EN 13986:2002 to achieve these requirements, in cases of structural and some non-structural products, are:

Initial type tests;

factory production control (FPC / PNQM) and their respective tests;

initial inspection of factory and FPC / PNQM by an European certification body;

continuous surveillance, assessment and approval of FPC / PNQM by an European certification body.

Manufacturer‘s Responsibility

The responsibility for the “CE” marking on the panels is the manufacturer’s, its agent or authorized representative, who has legal obligation to provide proof that the panels are suitable for the intended purpose. In case of suspected fraud or malpractice, it is up to the manufacturer to demonstrate compliance with the authorities.

In the UK, for example, the enforcement agencies are ready to coerce non-compliance with the Directive. In England, Wales and Scotland, the Trading Standards Officers are responsible for enforcement, with the support of the Building Control. In Northern Ireland, this responsibility rests with the Environmental Health Authority. In the Republic of Ireland, the Health & Safety Authority will be responsible for such supervision. In other Member States of the EU, the authorities will also be ready to prevent the entry of non-conforming products.

Absence of certification

The absence of the “CE” certification on a wood based panel to be used in the construction industry means the product lost access to the European market, due to the impossibility of this panel to be sold in any of the member countries of the European Economic Area.

Manufacturers, if called upon by the competent authorities of any member country of the European Community, must provide their own proof, at their own expense, that their panels meet the intended purpose of the use.

There is the possibility of a specific authority temporarily suspend the sale of a panel until the manufacturer provides satisfactory proof of legal status of said panel.
This fact could have a negative effect and, under these circumstances, the competent authority of that country would be obliged to inform all other Member States of the EEA on banning the sale of that panel until the evidence requested that the panel meets the requirements are presented for the intended purpose. This fact alone would generate negative publicity for the product.

The absence of the “CE” marking will be made up in a “negative sale” because it implies that the panel does not meet minimum legal requirements.

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