Chimney Testing and the CPR
We have been testing chimneys for decades. Our experience, knowledge and fully equipped test laboratory make us the obvious choice for testing.
Any chimney sold in the United Kingdom (and any country in the European Union), must comply to the Construction Products Directive (CPR). A company or individual selling a chimney into the UK market must ensure that the product has a CE mark.
How do I obtain a CE mark for my chimney product?
The point of a CE mark is to assure the consumer that a product is safe and fit for purpose. To obtain a CE mark for a chimney product, it must have:
- a robust manufacturer’s file (to prove its construction quality, safety and fitness for purpose)
- regular factory production control (FPC) inspections
What constitutes a chimney?
A chimney includes everything except the appliance (e.g. woodburner) itself.
How Kiwa GASTEC at CRE can help
Assuming that there is an EN standard for my product… Most building products are covered by CE marking. The definitive list is held at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newapproach/nando/index.cfm?fuseaction=cpd.hs We can look at the manufacturer’s declaration for your product and check that it complies with the appropriate EN standard. If it complies, we can then conduct a factory production control (FPC) examination of the production process for your product (one of the conditions of CE marking). We can conduct FPC assessments on any System 3 (and above) chimney. A CE mark can then be applied for.
What if there is no EN standard for my product?
Then the manufacturer must assemble a product file, which we can examine, along with a product sample. If we agree that the product is safe and fit for purpose we will write a letter on headed notepaper to confirm this. This letter is your evidence that your product:-
- Is not covered by an EN standard
- Will pass the requirements of Building Control as regards product quality
Such letters should be acceptable to any reasonable Building Control Officer.
What should the manufacturer’s product file/declaration contain?
- Detailed drawings defining the product
- Materials of construction
- Installation instructions
- Hazards sheets etc (if appropriate)
- Design calculations
- Own and/or 3rd part laboratory test results
- Written evidence of successful performance in the field over an extended period, under both reasonable use and foreseeable abuse
- Written evidence that the product is not subject to significant numbers of complaints etc
What if the manufacturer’s product file is insufficient to show compliance?
If the manufacturer’s declaration does not comply with the standard, we can test your product and, subject to testing, provide you with a declaration that your product is fit for purpose. If further product development is required, then we can retest your product when this has taken place. We can then carry out an FPC inspection on the product. Armed with a declaration and evidence of an FPC inspection, you can then apply for a CE mark. We have been testing chimneys for decades. Our experience, knowledge and well equipped test laboratory make us the obvious choice for testing. We are known for being helpful, friendly and supportive too.
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We have been testing chimneys for decades. Our experience, knowledge and fully equipped test laboratory make us the obvious choice for testing. We are known for being helpful, friendly and supportive too.