Brussels, 7 June 2018 - Today, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) President, Mr Vincent Laflèche, together with Construction Products Europe President, Dr Heimo Scheuch, CEO of Wienerberger AG, co-signed the Statement of Achievement of the Smart CE Marking CEN Workshop Agreement.
Construction product manufacturers must comply with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and deliver a Declaration of Performance (DoP) to the market according to harmonized standards (hENs).
In practice, this means that a lot of detailed information can be made available and exploited to its full potential. The goal is to promote CE marking for construction products through the optional use of an electronic declaration. Standardization is at the core of our common technical language and so CEN was the natural partner to develop this digital reference document.
Smart CE marking provides a link between the product and its DoP in a digital, machine and human readable format. It allows designers, contractors, end-users and public authorities to easily access and assess, in combination with appropriate digital tools, DoP information in a user-friendly, target-oriented manner. More so, Smart CE marking helps designers and processors complying with their documentation duties and reduces the administrative burden.
During the event, Dr Scheuch thanked CEN, DG GROW at the European Commission, Construction Products Europe members and colleagues from other parts of the construction industry for their support and involvement. Furthermore, he stated that “This Smart CE initiative is an important piece of the large digital construction puzzle but one that construction product manufacturers should embrace to provide their products technical information to the market. I am pleased that this was initiated and concluded by our European association.”
The CEN Workshop Agreement Chairman, Mr Paul Surin added “Smart CE will facilitate the development of digital tools. It allows product traceability, provides a direct link to manufacturers and is Building Information Modelling (BIM) compatible. The CWA will now be taken on by CEN Technical Committees (TCs), including TC442 which is working for BIM. Industry experts must get involved as governance is very important if we want to develop and use a true open BIM.”
The CEN President, Mr Vincent Laflèche, highlighted that “CEN support to deliver the Smart CE Marking Workshop Agreement demonstrates the commitment of the organization to facilitate industry’s digital transformation through standardization, and illustrates how standardization can be a tool to achieve those strategic digital objectives. This initiative may open the way for similar developments in other sectors”.
CEN Technical Committees (TCs) and Construction Products Europe will now embark in the development of a product-specific approach to allow the optional use of Smart CE by manufacturers.
From left to right: Dr Heimo Scheuch, President Construction Products Europe and Mr Vincent Laflèche, President European Committee for Standardization (CEN) shaking hands following the signature of the Statement of Achievement of the Smart CE Marking CEN Workshop Agreement.
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