CE Changes Clarified by ASSA ABLOY


Changes to the CE marking system will be introduced in 2013. To ensure specifiers are prepared for these amends, ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions is offering expert guidance and explains the impact of these changes.

As of July 2013 it will become an offence to place a non CE-marked construction product on the market if it is covered by a harmonised standard – a European standard recognised by the European Commission as a basis for legislative compliance.

For many standard building products this is a relatively simple change, and a practice that most specifiers and architects already adopt. However, ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions is keen to point out the implications this ruling has on the subtle differences between doorsets and door assemblies.

Traditionally, doorsets are supplied to projects either as a whole unit or assembly kit from a single source, whereas door assemblies comprise different parts from various sources and are assembled on site.

For specifiers and architects the supply of CE marked doorsets offers an opportunity to purchase a full doorset, which has the relevant characteristics and will conform with the required standard, this removes the need to verify the suitability of each component supplied and assessment of the full door when assembled and in situ.

Ian Bartlett, Head of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, explained: “Put simply, a door assembly with components from more than one source cannot be CE-marked and therefore the onus will be on the specifier or architect to ensure conformity in situ.

“Although individual components of a door assembly may meet with European or British Standards when put together they may not all act as intended, which is why it is crucial that the doorset is tested as a whole and produced from one reliable and traceable source – something a CE marked doorset with provide.

“The use of doorsets as opposed to door assemblies simplifies the supply chain and should any problems arise, contractors and building owners need only contact one source for a solution. It is also hoped that by sourcing doorsets from a single company quality will be more consistent and installation will be improved, as opposed to on-site construction that can cause project delays, plus there are supply chain economic benefits from reduced transactions and project management.”

Currently all CE-marked external doorsets must be compliant with BS EN 14351 – 1:2006, and standards are currently in development for internal and fire or smoke resistant doorsets.

Ian Bartlett, continued: “It is crucial to point out that a CE mark is not a indication of performance or quality but a manufacturers guarantee that it meets current market directives and ensures that, as long as it has the relevant characteristics, it cannot be excluded by any EEA government. As such it is increasingly important that specifiers are able to easily obtain CE-marked goods and this will now exclude door assemblies.”