CE marking: the coveted window to Europe for responsible manufacturers

In 2018, enterprise called UTERM Ukraine received the right to label products with the CE marking. This laconic symbol confirms the compliance of the steel panel radiators of the Ukrainian manufacturer with the European Union directives and standards. The certificate applies to all EU countries and it is recognized outside of the united Europe.

Why CE marking is so valued: the thorny path to a single standard

 In the early 1950s, the countries of the western part of the continent recognized the importance of economic integration for overcoming the destructive consequences of World War II as soon as possible.

In 1957, an agreement on the establishment of the European Economic Community and Euroatom was signed. Every 5-7 years, new countries were joining the first signatories, as well as the range of documents were expanding and changing. From the economy to a single border, from a visa-free regime to political decisions.

In 1992, an agreement on the creation of the European Union was signed in Maastricht. This marked the beginning of a new era of relations within old Europe. Then, after the accession of 10 countries of Eastern Europe, Romania and Bulgaria, now there are 28 states with their own laws, standards, and rules.

The European Commission being the generator of EU decisions has faced a serious challenge: the same standards must operate in a single economic space.

Prior to the merger, the directives did not have legislative status. After a decision was made on the harmonization of standards, they became binding on EU members along with amendments to existing documents. A limited time is given for ratification at the national level and implementation of the standard.

In order to get access to the market, countries outside the European Union should be certified in accredited laboratories in the EU. The quality of products that are eligible for CE marking is tightly controlled. The evaluation criteria are safety for people, property and the environment.

Heating devices that operate under pressure are subject to the provisions of Directive 97/23/EU. Manufacturer gets the right to put CE marking only in case of full compliance of the product with the requirements of the Directive.

Since 1997, the Directive has undergone a number of changes, son the rules are constantly tightening. Manufacturers that get certification of products according to EN 442 standard are allowed to the put it into the market.

Radiator anatomy: what does EN 442 standard include?

Behind the concise abbreviation EN 442 lies a multi-stage certification process for products that are tested in various ways. After each step, a test report is signed that includes:

  • a table of basic characteristics, including heat production as a key performance criterion,
  • protocol validity conditions: if the standard changes, certification is carried out once again.

Key characteristics include 11 parameters:

  • reaction to fire,
  • resistance to hazardous liquids,
  • tightness,
  • surface temperature,
  • resistance to internal pressure,
  • maximum operating pressure,
  • rated thermal power,
  • thermal power under different operating conditions,
  • resistance to corrosion,
  • absence of corrosion after exposure to moisture for 100 hours,
  • resistance to surface scratching.

Each parameter has a range of acceptable values that cannot be exceeded. This will be a violation of the standard.

When passing tests in the Czech accredited laboratory called Heatest, UTERM Ukraine products went through all stages without any objections from the authorized body and got a certification. Therefore, we rightfully put the CE marking on each unit of branded products and guarantee the compliance of radiators with European quality standards.

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