European Standards For Sealed Units at Glass Processing Exhibition

Press release - 28 October 2003

BSI Product services, which is based in Hemel Hempstead and provides product testing and awards the Kitemark will be exhibiting at the inaugural Glass Processing and Technology Exhibition updating the industry on the latest developments on BS EN 1279, the standard for sealed units.

With the forthcoming publication of parts 1 and 5 of the standard, BSI Product Services will be providing guidance on all aspects of the CE marking process to assist manufacturers in meeting the requirements of the Construction Products Directive (CPD).

BSI has highlighted to the industry the value of the new European standards for double glazed sealed units which leads to CE marking for their products. BSI is recommending the Kitemark, which celebrates its centenary this year, as an excellent way of achieving compliance in time. At the exhibition BSI will be presenting Kitemark certificates to over 40 companies for their sealed units.

BSI recommends Kitemark certification to achieve compliance

Kevin Frewin, who will be speaking at the Glass Processing seminar at the exhibition, is advising manufacturers to act early in order to ensure that they can achieve compliance in a timely manner. Kevin will focus on the initial type testing required to become compliant. The majority of companies that hold the Kitemark for sealed units have already been through the initial type test and also meet the Factory Production Control requirements of BS EN 1279. Their transition to CE compliance has been smooth and hassle-free.

BSI Product Services is the only UK based Notified Body offering BS EN 1279 : Part 2 type testing for both organic and hollow spacer units and Part 3 Gas leakage and Gas concentration. BSI also offers a step by step guidance to Factory Production Control. This tool kit includes document templates, flow charts and other tools to assist in meeting the legal requirements and is available in CD-ROM format.

BSI Product Services will be at stand E53 at the Glass Processing and Technology Exhibition at the NEC from 11 - 13 November 2003 to explain the implications of the new standard and to discuss CE Marking, Compliance Testing, Factory Production Control and Kitemark requirements.