CE marking is the use of the CE symbol with supporting information which legally confirms the product conforms to the requirements of a harmonised European Standard (hEN), which includes all the designated procedures that a manufacturer has to apply from production through to supply. These include initially checking the product meets all the applicable performance requirements stated in the hEN and thereafter is monitored through routine testing to confirm continued performance and conformity thereby providing increased confidence to the purchaser and user of the product. It is important to note that the CE mark is not a quality mark and uniquely confirms conformity of the product with the essential characteristics stated in the Declaration of Performance applicable to the product.
Specifiers and purchasers of construction products should be aware of which of the products they choose to use are covered by CE marking. In doing so, they will be able to appropriately source performance data for those products in relation to design and procurement decisions. For Public Sector Procurers there is an obligation to specify CE marked products (including ETAs) where there is a harmonised European Standard available for the product type which they wish to specify. However, there is no compulsion to specify a harmonised CE marked product type for a particular application over and above a non-Harmonised one.
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries.