The end of 2012 is now firmly insight, and the deadline (01 July 2013) for compulsory CE Marking is drawing ever closer. So we were heartened to see the Glass and Glazing Federation’s (GGF) recent announcement that it has established a range of comprehensive support to help ensure compliance.
It is essential in times of change that the industry knows it has support from those representing it. We definitely applaud the Federation’s efforts in raising awareness of this looming deadline, particularly as it is something that we have been publically discussing for some years now – in the face of resistance from some camps.
However, we were slightly disappointed to discover, upon visiting the Q&A section dedicated to CE Marking on the GGF’s website, the following advice for non-members: “The GGF have developed an area within the Members area of the GGF website to help and guide manufacturers through the Construction Products Regulation (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.”
It is a shame that an organisation which has so well represented the whole industry (rather than its members alone) during its work surrounding the Green Deal, should have taken this somewhat inclusive approach when it comes to CE Marking. While we understand that its first priority must be to ensure members are compliant with the new regulations, we hope that their advice and guidance will extend industry wide in the very near future.
Currently, a little known fact is that installers of windows who buy frames and units separately will be deemed to be manufacturers. In order to assist these window installers, CENSolutions is producing a manual which provides advice and guidance on the whole CE Marking process. This will be available as a free download from our website for anyone who enters their company details to receive a password. For Window Fabricators, IGU and Safety Glass manufacturers we are also happy to provide free verbal technical advice wherever we can.
Joint Managing Director