CE labelling is mandatory for products which are defined in a European standard. According to the Construction Products Regulations, they are associated with a performance statement which the manufacturer/supplier must provide to its customers without being requested. The information on the CE label can be made according to various procedures. They only determine which information must be provided. No minimum level is determined, therefore the CE label does not provide a quality mark and is also not monitored (internal or third-party).
EPAQ is the product-specific certification for a company which maintains a minimum-level for the technical specifications of a sandwich product. This is accompanied by an independent third-party
monitoring and verification of these specifications twice a year. The EPAQ association was founded by several manufacturers from the sandwich industry to maintain the quality standard as the Ü mark no longer required external monitoring, and in this way to ensure a corresponding quality criterion against the cheap foreign competitors. It is a purely private quality mark and not legally required.
FM certificates are internal approvals by the American insurance company FM Global. It wishes to ensure that the insurance risk is minimised by the compliance with its requirements. The certificates are issued by the subsidiary company, FM Approvals, after various product tests have been carried out.
FM Approvals has produced a set of rules specifically for these tests in which the product-specific tests of all kinds are described. Up until now, Hoesch Bausysteme has passed the fire tests in accordance with "FM 4880 for unlimited amounts" for all sandwich products which were in production in 2010. Here there is also an annual quality audit. Work is currently ongoing for a certificate for trapezoidal profiles and consideration is being given to an expansion of the certificate for the sandwich products in accordance with the FM standard 4881. Only for the internal use.
Fire protection classification
cold store panel with its PIR insulating core was the first building component with a
polyurethanerigid foam insulating core to have achieved classification up to B-s1, d0 and fire resistance classes up to Al 60 in accordance with DIN en 13501-2, as well as a tested fire resistance class of e90.