As of the 1st July the new CE Marking Standards have been introduced by the UK government that was first published in 2011. This new requirement has been brought into the UK to harmonise with European standards and enables free movement of products in the European market. It also states that those products that qualify must be CE marked and have a corresponding declaration of performance. Included in this are products that contain glass, process glass, insulated glass units or fully glazed windows. This particularly affects composite doors and window frames.
Companies that fail to comply with the new legislation are committing a criminal offense and could face a fine of up to £5,000 or three months imprisonment. The Trading Standards officers can even insist that any installed products not CE marked be removed and replaced.
A lot of smaller companies that are affected by the new legislation have still not taken measures to ensure that they are fully compliant. It may be difficult for companies that only produce a few products a week to spend the time to introduce the new standards in their business. These companies then run the risk of prosecution and if your doors, windows or conservatories are not CE marked the Trading Standards officers can insist on them being removed and replaced.
However, we at Force 8 have been ready for the change and have prepared our staff to give our customers the best support. All of our products have the CE mark and are fully compliant with the standards to give our customers peace of mind and prove to our customers our emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. We have also continued our commitment to the market sector and stayed at the forefront of our sector by being one of the first companies to introduce the new CE marking standards and our employees are already certified with the networkVEKA card.
The networkVEKA card is one of the ways in which we prove to our customers that our employees have the experience, competences and skills to fulfil our contracts. In June 2014 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are going to introduce new Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC) that all installers and surveyors of replacement windows and doors in domestic properties will need to meet. . Without passing these competences it will be illegal for the installer or surveyor to work.
You don’t need to worry as all Force 8 installers and surveyors are fully qualified and each have a identity card so that they can give our customers the best service and support. The MTC card can only be obtained after having two years of relevant experience and passing the necessary tests or by achieving the relevant NVQ level. This is just one of the steps we at Force 8 take to reassure our customers and to show “Our emphasis is on quality and craftsmanship”