The organization is currently working via European Committee for Standardization (CEN) to create European Norms for Polycarbonate (PC) sheet and establish a CE-Mark for these products. The work also expands to getting a CE-Mark for these products as building products under the EU-CPR (Construction Products Regulation).
The CE marking is a key indicator of a product's compliance with EU legislation and enables the free movement of products within the European market. By affixing the CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, at their sole responsibility, conformity with all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking.
From July 1st 2013, the current Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC) will be replaced by the Construction Products Regulation (2011/305/EEC). With this change, all construction products have to be CE-marked according to the Regulation.
However, CE-Marking of a construction product is only possible if the European Harmonised standard has been published in the Official Journal. This standard called a European Norm (EN), is issued by the CEN (European Committee for Standardization).
EPSE, the European Polycarbonate Sheet Extruders has been working on CEN TC 128: “Roof covering products for discontinuous laying and products for wall cladding” to realize two of the EN’s to cover solid PC sheet (prEN16240) and multiwall PC sheet (prEN16153).
These standards are expected to be published during 2013, allowing the industry to CE-Mark their PC Sheets.
With this CE-Marking manufacturers will indicate that they take responsibility for the declared performance of the product.
Additionally, every construction product that is CE-Marked shall be accompanied by a “Declaration of Performance”. The content of that declaration is described in the relevant Harmonised European standard.