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Retailers and merchants: on your marks...
In 2013 it was announced by the European Commission that all bathroom products covered by Harmonised European Standards are to have the CE mark attached to the product or its packaging.
CE Marking illustrates a product's compliance with European legislation and facilitates its free movement within the European Market. It is not a quality mark but does indicate that the product is 'fit for purpose'.
When manufacturers affix the CE marking to a product it means they are assuring their customers that the performance of the product they are selling is the same as what they are declaring and that it has been obtained using the right European technical specification, as detailed in the European Construction Products Regulation.
The CPR also requires manufacturers and importers to ensure their product's performance is traceable, and to retain technical documentation for 10 years after the product has been sold.
Where retailers or merchants badge the product in their own label they are deemed to be the manufacturer and compliance with CE Marking must be adhered to.
Failure to comply with any aspect of the CPR can lead to manufacturers being forced into taking corrective actions or to withdraw or recall the product.
To help make sure that sure you are able to comply with the regulations, the European Commission has issued an easy to understand guide - and to make it even easier the Bathroom Manufacturers Association is hosting a copy on its website.
For the step-by-step guide to CE Marking, visit the Industry Standards section of the BMA website at:
24th July 2015