SGS Seminar on Construction Products Directive (CPD) Received Great Interest
The seminar focused on the CE (Conformité Européenne) certification of construction products, including procedures, the current certification landscape, latest trends as well as relevant testing methods. This seminar was held by Rico van Selst, Director Business Development at SGS INTRON B.V. and Mr. Mesen Shi, Product Certification Manager at SGS. Both lecturers have many years' experience in the construction industry and in the certification of different products, not only in China but also across the globe.
Attendees learned more about mandatory requirements involved in attaining the CE mark for construction products and also how to comply with all requirements of the EU Product Safety Directive.
More than 100 attendees from over 80 companies took part in the seminar, from the manufacturing, trading and engineering industries. It has been the first seminar on the Construction Products Directive since SGS's acquisition of INTRON in 2010. SGS Industrial Services has benefited from the reputation and expertise its highly qualified staff built up over the years at INTRON. Hence this CPD seminar was a preliminary a step towards a greater and wider range of services to be offered to the construction industry by SGS.
About Construction Products Directive (CPD)
The Construction Products Directive was adopted by the European Union (EU) in order to achieve quality and safety in building and construction works and to foster the free movement and use of construction products in the international market. The CPD lays down certain essential performance criteria for buildings under six general headings: mechanical resistance and stability, safety in case of fire, hygiene health and environment, safety in use, protection against noise and energy economy including heat retention.
The visible manifestation of compliance with the CPD is the appearance of the CE mark on the product. CE (Conformité Européenne) Marking provides assurance to regulators, clients and all parties in the construction chain that a product with the CE mark complies with the essential requirements laid down by the Construction Products Directive.
SGS Industrial Services
SGS Industrial Services is a Notified Body and therefore able to support manufacturers of construction products to prepare for the Construction Products Directive. SGS has the relevant knowledge, expertise and long-term testing experience to help clients attain the Certificate of Conformity for Europe for construction products. From the preliminary investigation and interpreting of directives, up to and including the application of the CE Marking, SGS experts can assist during the whole process of obtaining the CE marking. SGS offers concrete, practical suggestions as well as advice and guidance.
The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.