The 1st September 2005 represents an important change for bituminous membranes manufacturers: in fact, the normative for CE marking on products entered into force.
Membranes are compulsory marked CE since the 1st September 2006 and this is an important achievement in terms of quality standardization.
Already in 1989, thanks to European Directive 89/106/CEE about construction products, there were the first general guidelines of these principles. By the emanation of European technical laws specific for waterproofing bituminous membranes (EN 13707; EN 13970; EN 13969; EN 13859 -1; EN 14695), these principles had been put into effect.
CE marking is the condition to legally sell a product in every Country belonging to European Community: it is a sort of “agreed” data sheet.
All European manufacturers, in fact, must declare a certain number of performances and must necessarily express them in the same way, in order to give consumers easily comparable data. Technical laws establish procedures for laboratory tests on the base of the application of products, modalities of statement of results and they give indications about mandatory documentation to furnish to producers.
New rules of CPR (“Construction Production Regulation”) 305/11 for “CE Marking”
Since the 1st July 2013 all the rules of the new European regulations CPR 305/11 for CE marking, which controls the harmonized conditions for commercialization of construction products, are mandatory. Consequently, the previous directive 89/106/CEE CPR was abrogated.
The Declaration of Performance (DoP) is the main document of the new regulations and replaces the compliance certificate for all CE marked products. On their own responsibility, manufacturers or distributors have to supply DoPs when they get products to market, while the duty of users –applicators, architects or foremen – is to know the features contained in the DoP form in order to evaluate and check its appropriateness to the specific job.