From 1 July 2013, under the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR), it became mandatory for manufacturers to apply CE marking to any of their products which are covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA).
Do Fire Doors have to be CE marked?
Any door used for external purposes has to be CE marked when sold as a doorset. CE marking for both fire and non-fire designs became mandatory on the 1st November 2019.
In relation to internal doors / doorsets – Following a 2016 legal ruling, the European Commission (EC) appears to have lost confidence in the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the robustness of the harmonised European Standards (hENs). This has led to a lot of rethinking as to the format and content of hENs and this has affected the internal doorset standard EN 14351-2. For CE marking to be permitted an hEN must be cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), at which time all the relevant dates for CE marking are given. However, due to the uncertainty of the EC only 7 new hENs have been cited since March 2018 and EN 14351-2 is caught up in a back-log of Standards waiting to be cited.
At a meeting in November 2019, held between the EC and the European Technical committee that deals with standards for doors and windows (TC33), it was announced that EN 14351-2 would need to be amended before it could be cited in the OJEU. While redrafting work is in hand, no clear time line can be given. The outcomes, including the dates from which CE marking of internal fire and non-fire doorsets would be possible, depend on the EC being clear with their approach to the CPR in general and this might take a long time.
The BWF will keep you updated as more information becomes available.