CE Marking of Fire Resisting Doorsets

You can now CE Mark fire resisting doorsets...well almost!

With the publication of EN 16034 it will soon be possible for manufacturers of fire resisting doorsets to CE Mark their products. Doorsets can be CE Marked from the date of citation of EN16034 in the Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union; this is anticipated to be in March 2015. From this date CE Marking of doorsets is optional only becoming mandatory[1]at the end of a yet to be defined transition period, which is unlikely to be less than 18 months and could be up to 5 years from the date of citation in the OJ.

IFC Certification can start the process of attesting conformity of doorsets now and given the likely pressure on testing facilities manufacturers should consider acting sooner rather than later.

Because of the critical nature of fire doors in relation to life safety the level of attestation required is ‘System 1’, this means the attestation and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP) must be under the control of a Notified Certification Body (NCB)[2]like IFC Certification. You should choose your NCB carefully and not conduct any testing without their involvement.

A few important points:

  • Under EN16034 only ‘doorsets’ are able to be CE Marked. The definition and requirements of doorsets as defined for the purpose of CE Marking is complex and IFCC will be pleased to discuss your particular situation.
  • Only fire test evidence to EN 1634-1 is admissible. No evidence to BS476: Part 22 may be used.
  • You must involve the NCB in the testing of your doorsets. This is to ensure that the regulated procedures are followed, eg independent sampling of product, and that the appropriate testing to give the required field of application is conducted.
  • If you are a door blank manufacturer this development also applies to you. You can prove your products in door assemblies and cascade your evidence to fabricators who make doorsets. You should consult IFCC to discuss how this applies to your particular situation. 
  • The NCB is responsible for the following essential characteristics:-

Resistance to Fire and/or smoke leakage

Ability to release 

  • All other characteristics of the doorset shall be declared by the manufacturer including ‘no performance determined’ (NPD) if appropriate.

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[1]The CE Marking of all construction products is mandatory under European Regulation 305/2011 (Construction Product Regulation) for all products for which there is a harmonised product standard

[2]At the time of writing, 3 Dec 2015, no Notified bodies are notified for EN16034. There is a process for notification which requires new Standards being the subject of a scope extension being awarded by the accrediting body. IFCC as an NCB has applied for a scope extension but UKAS the UK accrediting body has advised that a minimum of 6 months should be allowed for any NCB to gain this award. IFCC is pleased to conduct the AVCP process now in parallel with gaining accreditation.

Last Updated: 29/01/2015