CE Marking FAQs

Please find below a list of frequently asked questions and their answers.

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FAQs

How do I know if my products need to be CE Marked?

The GGF have produced a list of the harmonised European product standards which do require CE marking on a product. In summary if you manufacture glass, process glass (e.g. toughen), manufacture IGU’s, manufacture fully glazed windows – you have to make a declaration of performance and CE mark your products to show they comply with the relevant standards. Please note if you sell unglazed frames there is not a Harmonised European Standard for these products however, who ever puts the IGU into the frame will be responsible for making a declaration of performance and CE marking.

How do I CE Mark my products?

The GGF have produced a series of flow charts for the different fenestration products affected by the CPR. If these are followed the process is demonstrated, some manufacturers have undertaken a lot of the work already, therefore their journey to compliance is far easier than if nothing has been started.
It should be remembered that these requirements are not designed to be a difficult process – a manufacturer is declaring a few characteristics to show the products performance; most manufacturers do this already, this is just asking for some mandatory requirements to be declared.

If I install products only, do I need to CE Mark?

If you install a product without any modification you do not have to demonstrate compliance to a standard, make a declaration or CE mark the product.
Please note: if you are a window installer and your purchase unglazed frames and IGU’s separately you are responsible for the CE marking.

How much time will it take to CE Mark?

This will depend on the product and how much work you have already undertaken.
Your product will need to have test reports to show it is compliant, some of this testing for durability can take several months to complete. You will also need to have a factory production control system in place – this again may take some time depending on the size and complexity of your operation.

How much cost will CE Marking entail?

This will depend on the product and how much work you have already undertaken.
Your product will need to have test reports to show it is compliant, some of this testing can become expensive especially if you have a diverse product range to cover.

The GGF recommend that you group your products into “families” which are similar and can be demonstrated to represent the compliance from one test report. It should also be noted that the CPR does recognise historical data can be used however, you need to be satisfied that the results are a true reflection of compliance of the products you manufacture today?

Does a visible CE Mark have to be on the products I supply?

No however, the declaration of performance has to be available on request.

How do I prove my products are CE Marked?

This is demonstrated by your declaration of performance with the supporting test evidence within your technical file which we advise you keep.

How will I know if there are any changes to the European Harmonised standards?

One of the numerous advantages for being a member of the GGF is we do keep you updated with any changes within relevant product standards or regulations. If you are not a member you rely on articles in the Trade press.

Can I call the GGF Helpline to discuss CE Marking?

If you are a GGF member you have access to the GGF helpline, non members do not have this support service available to them.

What are the risks or consequences if I don’t CE Mark?

If a manufacturer places a product on the market within the European Economic Area (EEA) which is covered by a harmonised product standard; they must meet the essential characteristics and make a declaration of performance. Failure to do this will be investigated in the UK by Trading Standards and could result in a Court case with a fine and potential custodial sentence for the most serious offences.

If I buy products from the overseas do they need to be CE marked?

If a manufacturer places a product on the market (this also includes importing product) within the European Economic Area (EEA) which is covered by a harmonised product standard; they must meet the essential characteristics and make a declaration of performance. If the product is being imported to the EEA it is the responsibility of the importing agent (who has to be based within the EEA) to make the declaration of performance.

Where can I find more advice on CE Marking?

The GGF have developed an area within the Members area of the GGF web site to help and guide manufacturers through the CPR, declaration of performance and CE marking.

If you are not a member we suggest you read the CPR, buy the relevant harmonised product standards and decide your best course of action.

Will FENSA be policing the CE marking for windows and doors?

No the policing of the CPR is the responsibility of the UK Government through Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG); they have confirmed this will be policed and controlled via Trading Standards offices.

What else does the GGF offer Members with regards to CE Marking?

As well as full access to the “Route to CE Marking” micro-site which advises and guides Members on CE Marking. The GGF also offers Members:

A Technical Helpline that Members can call and discuss CE Marking with the GGF’s Technical Team.

A 24/7 email help service direct to the GGF Technical Team.

A Technical Bulletin with breaking technical news emailed direct to Members and available 24/7 on the Members Area of the GGF website.

All Members are invited to attend our regular Regional, Group and Technical meetings where CE Marking and other Technical issues are explained and discussed in more detail.

By joining the GGF you will have all the technical helps and advice you need. If you want to join the GGF simply click here (insert link to join us page)

If you are not fully eligible yet for Membership because you don’t meet the Membership criteria, you can participate within the imminent Promotion Programme and receive full access to the CE Marking micro-site and receive Technical advice.