Certification involves confirmation from an independent third party that a product conforms to the requirements stipulated in standards1 .
This document is not concerned with requirements on environmental or quality system certification; or whether companies operate structured environmental/quality management work. These may, however, constitute a procurement criterion for a buyer.
Through this guideline, manufacturers of district heating pipes, fittings and valves are offered the possibility to certify their product and benefit from the Euroheat & Power Quality Mark. These certification regulations define the: 1
- conditions for certification,
- stipulations for the implementation of the certification procedure.
The technical requirements for the product, type test requirements, requirements on the manufacturer’s quality control during production and the periodical external inspection requirements are included in the European Standards. They are, therefore, part of the normative requirements to obtain the Quality Mark.
Certification according to this guideline represents a common tool for the procurement of standardised EN 253, EN 448, EN 488-1, EN 488-2, EN 14419, EN 15698-1 and EN 15698-2 products.
It should be noted, however, that the guideline cannot cover all possible special cases for which further or restrictive measures may be required. Accordingly, they are not intended to hinder the development of new and better products.
Certification does not absolve any party of responsibility for their own actions. Euroheat & Power disclaims any liability in connection with the use of the certification and/or the application of the certification guideline by its members or third parties. Furthermore, Euroheat & Power cannot be held responsible for any mismanagement (financial or otherwise) on the part of the Certification Board.
All manufactures of factory-made thermal insulated pipe, fitting and valve assemblies are encouraged to apply the certification procedure according to this guideline.
Euroheat & Power recommends that its member associations refer to this guideline for the procurement of standardised EN 253, EN 448, EN 488-1, EN 488-2, EN 14419, EN 15698-1 and EN 15698- 2 products.
Concerning the products which fall under the scope of this guideline (see clause 2 of the guideline), Euroheat & Power strongly encourages its member associations to recommend the use and purchase of certified products to their membership.
It is also recommended that the Euroheat & Power certificate be part of the requirements on invitations to tender documents for district heating companies.
For procurements falling under Public Procurement Directive 2004/17/EC, either a Euroheat & Power certificate (or equivalent), or a third-party certificate/declaration should be required. Should products which are not included on the Euroheat & Power Certificate list be offered by the bidder, this shall clearly be stated in the bid to avoid confusion.
A list of manufacturers with the right to use the Euroheat & Power Quality Mark is publicly available and kept up to date on Euroheat & Power’s website.
The purpose of this guideline is to:
- provide a voluntary certification system which is cost effective and beneficial to both manufacturers and users,
- provide an easy way for users to obtain required assurance of the sufficient quality of the products by introducing a Certificate and a Quality Mark,
- ensure the required quality of products mentioned in clauses 2 and 3,
- provide more uniform, equal and fair competition conditions.
In comparison to EHP/001:2016 the following major changes have been made:
a) the document structure is improved and adapted to EN standards,
b) a new clause 1“INTRODUCTION” is included,
c) content under clause 2 “Purpose” has been displaced to clause 1 “INTRODUCTION.” Previous clause 2 “Purpose” has been deleted,
d) a new clause 3 “REGULATIONS and NORMATIVE REFERENCES” has been created. References previously included in clause 2 have been moved to clause 3,
e) a new flow chart of the Certification structure has been included in ANNEX 8
1 Certification of products, processes or services is a means of providing assurance that they comply with specified requirements in standards and other normative documents. Some product, process or service certification schemes may include initial testing or inspection and assessment of its manufacturer's quality management systems, followed by surveillance that takes into account the quality management system and the testing or inspection of samples from the production and the open market. (https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso-iec:17065:ed-1:v1:en)