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National Markings

National voluntary quality marks are a remaining barrier to the full accomplishment of the objectives of the Construction Product Regulation.

The manufacturer may apply a voluntary mark if it believes that the CE mark is not sufficiently stringent. Voluntary marks are not required by national law, although there is a certain degree of market pressure to apply them.

The European Commission would like voluntary marks to have a European character rather than being country-based, and that these marks bring some added value to the standards, that is, a higher system of attestation.

Besides voluntary marks there are additional requirements laid down by national legislation. These are higher requirements than those provided by European standards and they envisage a higher system of attestation of conformity than the one foreseen by the standards.

The European Commission considers these additional requirements to hamper free movement of goods as they constitute non-technical barriers to the single market.