A CE Mark is marking which shows that a product is compliant with the European Norm (EN) standard. A CE Mark is required on all glass products sold within or imported into the EU. The harmonised EN standards cover the requirements for both the Initial Type Testing (ITT) and Factory Production Control (FPC) of a product.
Examples of harmonised EN standards for glass products include:
EN572-9 Basic soda lime silicate glass
EN1279-5 Insulating glass units
EN12150-2 Thermally toughened soda lime silicate safety glass
EN14449 Laminated glass and laminated safety glass
Mandatory CE marking for safety glass in buildings was introduced as of 1st September 2006.
All Pyroguard fire resistant glass carries the CE Mark. Companies wishing to process or distribute Pyroguard fire resistant glasses within or into a country where the CE Mark is mandatory are required to have a licence to do so. To obtain this, companies must be certified to Attestation of Conformity level 1 for IGU production. For cutting and processing Pyroguard glasses a license can be issued direct from Pyroguard – contact us for more information.
An Attestation of Conformity (AoC) level determines how much involvement a third party (a Notified Body) has in the CE marking process. The AoC level is decided on the basis of the product’s intended use. Normally, the more safety critical the intended use, the higher the AoC level. Pyroguard glass products, which are intended for use in fire-resistant glazing assembly, are AoC level 1. A manufacturer of a product with an AoC level that includes factory production control needs to have a Certificate of Conformity issued by the Notified Body before it can CE Mark that product.
1+ Both factory production control and initial type testing with audit testing
1 Both factory production control and initial type testing without audit testing
2+ Factory production control with continued surveillance
2 Factory production control without continued surveillance
3 Initial type testing
4 No involvement
NB: Companies which cut or process Pyroguard glass do not require approval by a Notified body, as these actions do not change the performance characteristics of the glass. Therefore the CE Mark remains valid.
Once a company has achieved AoC Level 1 for the manufacture of fire and security IGUs, we can award them a Pyroguard license, and they can then become a Pyroguard partner, working with us to provide high-performance fire resistant glazing systems.
The benefits of becoming a Pyroguard partner means belonging to a partner network, bringing with it access to all of Pyroguard’s test evidence, and that Pyroguard takes responsibility for CE marking of products.