CE Marking of Tiles and Tile Adhesives
CE marking within the EU became mandatory for tile adhesives in 2004 and tiles in 2005; the UK will fall under the same regulations in July 2013.
What is CE Marking?
The CE mark is essentially a ‘passport’ which is required in order for certain products to be placed on the market in any EU member state. In order to be CE marked, tiles and tile adhesives must comply with the essential requirements of the relevant Harmonised EN Standards set out under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
The essential requirements for the performance of work are as follows:
- Mechanical resistance and stability
- Safety in the case of fire
- Hygiene, health and the environment
- Safety in use
- Protection against noise
- Energy economy and heat retention.
The CE mark is a fitness for purpose mark linked to the essential requirements listed above. The relevant performance targets and test requirements for CE marking are contained in the current European Standards: Annexes Z of EN 12004 for tile adhesives and EN 14411 for tiles.
The CE mark is not a quality mark. To determine the quality of tiles and tile adhesives requires reference to all parts of the relevant European Standards, whereas CE marking requires compliance with only the described annexes.
The quality of tile adhesives and tiles is determined through referencing all parts of the relevant European Standards; CE marking requires compliance with only the described annexes.
Requirements for Affixing the CE Mark
In order to affix the CE mark, the manufacturer, their agent or authorised representative establishment within the EEA should complete the following attestation tasks:
- Determine which Attestation of Conformity (AoC) level your products are categorised into; from reference to applicable standards (EN 12004 for adhesives and EN 14411 for tiles).
- Cross-reference the AoC level on the table below to determine which tasks need to be performed and, if applicable, have initial type testing carried out by a notified test laboratory. Relevant tests are those specified in the Z annexes of the relevant EN Standards. Lucideon is a notified test laboratory for tile and tile adhesives, and can carry out both initial type testing and further tests when required.
- Document and have openly available the Factory Production Control System.
- Once a manufacturer has completed the attestation tasks they are required to complete a Declaration of Conformity. This is then kept as a record with the technical file concerning the product.
Lucideon is a Notified Body (NB 1289) under the Construction Products Regulation (EU) 305/2011 for the assessment and verification of construction products. Lucideon maintains impartial procedures for all work performed as a Notified Body to safeguard its independence.