Crackdown on incorrect CE marking of locks

Published:  08 June, 2010

TAMWORTH: Swift action by the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) has led to the withdrawal of CE certification of a Chinese lock that wrongly carried the CE mark.

The DHF, which represents the leading UK manufacturers of locks and door hardware, alerted the Government to the wrongly certified imported lock. It pointed out to them the serious health and safety implications of the incorrect application of the CE mark.

The Chinese lock did not claim to be suitable for use on a fire/smoke-resisting door but nevertheless carried the CE mark. Since only locks intended for use on fire/smoke-resisting doors are regulated under the Construction Products Directive (CPD), this marking appeared to be based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the Directive.

Said DHF secretary Michael Skelding, who took up the case on behalf of the DHF: "The relevant standard, EN 12209, actually covers locks for all applications, but the CE marking instructions within it are aimed exclusively at locks intended for use on fire/smoke doors – that is, where there is a safety risk to life rather than a risk to, say, property."

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