European Standardisation and its Impact on the Sealant Industry
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The new European standard is currently an important issue in the sealant industry. Wolfram Fuchs, spokesperson for the technical working group of the German Sealant Industry Association (IVD), complained in a recent speech that the new CE mark does not offer the same high quality standards as the IVD.
Joint sealants are a construction product and are therefore subject to the requirements of the European Construction Products Regulation, which came into force on 24 April 2011 and is now due to be introduced into all the EU member states. Construction products are intended, by definition, to be a permanent feature of buildings.
Mechanical resistance and stability
Safety in case of fire
Hygiene, health and the environment
Safety and accessibility in use
Protection against noise
Energy economy and heat retention
Sustainable use of natural resources
In order to be able to use the CE mark, every manufacturer and supplier of sealants must be able to provide a declaration of performance for every product on request.
In the field of sanitary joints, for example, this declaration of performance is based on the requirements of DIN EN 15651-3 and provides very limited information when compared with the higher quality standards of the IVD. Even a sanitary sealant in the highest class (XS1) does not necessarily meet the full requirements of the IVD.