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Third-party certification lets customers know that your products and services will reliably do the jobs that they are intended to do. And it demonstrates that products and services meet appropriate standards, which can give access to new markets.
Third-party certification involves the checking â€“ by impartial experts â€“ of manufacturing processes and services to ensure that they meet international safety, quality and performance standards. At the heart of this process are certification bodies â€“ organisations with government approval (throughÂ UKASÂ accreditation) to certificate products, systems and services.
BRE GlobalÂ is an independent, international certification body, offering certification of fire, security and environmental products and services, management processes and other products and systems. BRE Global listings of certificated products and services include the renowned RedBook and GreenBook.
UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA)
UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) marking came into effect on January 1, 2021, giving manufacturers a 12 month transition period to obtain it before it becomes mandatory on January 1, 2022. The transition period has since been extended to January 1 2023. Please note that for individual products already circulating on the GB market prior to the end of the transition period, no additional action is needed. A certificate issued by an EU notified body that was valid immediately before that date continues to be valid for the purposes of the GB market. However, businesses must prepare for the end of recognition of the CE mark in GB and affix the UK marking using a UK-recognised â€˜approved bodyâ€™ onÂ January 1, 2023.
As a previous UK notified body operating under theâ€¯EU Construction Products Regulation 2011 (EU Regulation No. 305/2011)â€¯and based in the UK, BRE Global was granted new UK â€˜approved bodyâ€™ status and listed on the new UK database. BRE Global therefore has the appropriate scope of accreditation/notification for the issue of UKCA marking. See BRE Globalâ€™s scope of UKCA approved body activity.
The impact on products covered by the Marine Equipment Directive is thoroughly covered in the following article.
Review and Acceptance of Test Reports
There are various scenarios of clients who would approach BRE Global for the purpose of UKCA marking, and these are not limited to the following:
i. An existing client of BRE Global who had CE marking (now with BRE Global Ireland)
ii. A new client of BRE Global who has CE marking with another Notified Body
iii. A new client of BRE Global who does not have CE marking, but may have test reports from an accredited third-party laboratory
iv. A new or existing client of BRE Global (for example with a new product) who has no existing testing
In all cases the following applies:
As part of the UKCA marking process, BRE Global will review test reports that have been managed in accordance with EN ISO/IEC 17025. It may need to undertake further testing if the test report does not contain some aspects required by the designated standard (as part of the application review). Any additional assessments, such as testing, would be chargeable.
Guidance released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) means that the CPR was adopted by the UK as a statutory instrument, and that Harmonised Standards and European Assessment Documents became usable as designated standards for the purpose of UKCA marking.
UKCA marking does not affect the status of LPCB certification, which will continue to be available from BRE Global and widely accepted in the UK and throughout the world. Further details relating to the UKCA mark including the application process, will shortly be added to the BRE Global website.
In this section
RedBook â€“ fire and security
Specifiers around the world turn to the famous RedBook for extensive lists of fire and security products and services, certificated to LPS and other key standards under the trusted LPCB brand. RedBook listings are freely available online at www.redbooklive.com.
Listed products and services include:
GreenBook â€“ environmental products
The demand for greater sustainability has generated a barrage of often unsubstantiated â€˜greenâ€™ product claims. But a growing number of customers choose products and services with genuine environmental credentials from those listed on GreenBookLive.com, which incorporates a range of certification schemes such as:
BREEAM – the mark of sustainability for buildings and communities in more than 70 countries.
Responsible sourcing (BES 6001) – ensures that construction products have been responsibly and ethically sourced throughout the supply chain.
Ethical Labour – provides organisations with a framework to verify their systems and processes in relation to the Modern Slavery Act.
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) – a comprehensive EPD scheme in line with the European standard EN 15804, and developed in consultation with industry.
Microgeneration energy products â€“ we offer a wide range of UKAS accredited certification services against the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
ISO 9001 The worldâ€™s most established quality framework for assessing and certifying an organisationâ€™s quality management system.
An authoritative demonstration of the quality of an organisationâ€™s environmental management and commitment to the environment.
A specification that helps to fully integrate health and safety into company policies and working practices.
BRE Global BIM Certification
Our leading expertise in Building Information Modelling (BIM) enables us to offer a choice of routes to BIM certification for both individuals and businesses.
CE markingÂ demonstrates conformity with health, safety and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) and is a legal requirement to be able to market specific products within the EEA.
The Certified Thermal Details and Products Scheme database
This allows users to search a range of accurate and independently assessed thermal junction details, opening products (windows, doors and rooflights) and major elements (walls, roofs and floors), ensuring accuracy, consistency, credibility and quality throughout the design and specification process.
Approved Certifiers of Design Scheme for Energy in Scotland
As part of the Building Standards System, they allow suitably experienced, trained and qualified professionals to assess compliance of the energy designs of domestic and non-domestic buildings with the requirements of the mandatory functional standards in Section 6 (Scottish Building Regulations).