CE marking.
The importance of a fully certifiable performance has been recognised in the Construction Products Regulation and the introduction of CE marking of doorsets is due to come into force in various stages, with initial compliance being mandatory for external doors since 1st July 2013.

The combined expertise of Leaderflush Shapland together with our own in-house testing capabilities puts us in an enviable position to deliver on the future requirements for fully certified doorsets.

What are the immediate requirements?

Several of the standards which cover doorsets including internal fire doors have been defined by the European Commission, from the 1st September 2016 new fire resisting doorsets can be voluntary CE marked. After September 2019, all fire resisting doorsets supplied in the EU (including the UK) must be CE marked in compliance with the standard.

The benefits to the specifier in choosing CE marked doorsets over traditionally multi-supplier sourced door assemblies are:

  • A CE marked doorset indicates that the product is fit for purpose, as the documentation will be straightforward and unambiguous, enabling the specifier to choose the right doorset for the purpose.

  • A CE mark indicates best practice and represents "the gold standard" in doors - it gives the building professional complete peace of mind.

  • Quality control - The doorset supplier has complete control over the quality and compatibility of all individual components and materials comprising the completed doorset, so ensuring dependable and consistent performance standards.
  • The specifier is assured that the doorset supplier alone is responsible and accountable for the performance of the entire assembly.

  • Factory preparation of the doorset ensures more accurate speedy and precise installation on-site.

  • Doorsets reduce the potential for on-site health and safety issues concerning assembly and door ironmongery preparation.
  • The specifier, client and contractor benefit from economies in the supply chain thanks to fewer purchasing transactions.

  • Doorsets, particularly pre-assembled doorsets mean there is less chance of loss or pilferage on-site.

  • Specifying a doorset is the "greener" option for specifiers - much less waste is generated on-site when compared to on-site fabrication of individual door assemblies.
What is a doorset?
The DHF/GAI* Definition of a Doorset is as follows:

A doorset must be complete.



A doorset comprises a factory prepared door leaf or leaves, and frame, including any side panel(s), vision panel(s), transom panel(s) and/or glazing together with any seals and hardware essential for performance of the function for which the doorset is CE marked, which may vary therefore from doorset type to doorset type.

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A doorset must have a single source.



The doorset is placed on the market by one legal entity who takes the responsibility for the performance of the doorset and application of the CE mark.

A doorset must have a single source.



The doorset is placed on the market by one legal entity who takes the responsibility for the performance of the doorset and application of the CE mark.

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A doorset must either be fully assembled, or ready for assembly with
simple tools.



The door leaf and frame are fully prepared, though might not be fully assembled, when placed on the market/supplied to site. Assembly should therefore be possible by use of simple tools such as a screwdriver and without the use of cutting tools such as chisels, planes etc.

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Essential hardware.
The hardware which is necessary for the doorset to perform the function for which it has been tested and achieve its declared performance. The hardware varies from doorset type to doorset type. Essential hardware must be supplied as part of a complete CE marked doorset from a single source. Items of essential hardware incorporated in the doorset must be recorded in Factory Production Control documents supporting the Declaration of Performance. Substitution of essential hardware tested and approved with a doorset for a particular Declaration of Performance is not necessarily straightforward and may require Notified Body testing and assessment. Certain items of essential hardware on emergency escape and fire resisting doorsets must be individually CE marked.

What is happening now and what are the implications for door / ironmongery specifiers?

On 1st July 2013 it became an offence to place a construction product on the market without a CE mark if it is covered by a harmonised standard. Where the relevant standard is already in force today (as is the case for external non fire doorsets) this means that all products entering the supply chain from 1st July 2013 must carry the CE mark.

Where the standard is yet to be published (as is the case for non-fire and fire resisting/smoke control doorsets), we cannot be certain about the date the standard comes into force. The current indication is that this will be early 2015.


Harmonised doorset standards stipulate mandatory and voluntary characteristics for doorsets and the tests that doorsets should be subjected to achieve compliance with the Construction Products Regulation 2011.

A door assembly completed on site, comprising components from more than one source CANNOT BE CE MARKED. This rule applies even if those component parts are themselves individually CE marked.

CE marked doorsets are likely to become the default requirement in larger building projects such as schools, hospitals and public buildings. The only way to meet this requirement is to specify a fully integrated doorset and ironmongery.

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What are the standards CE marked timber doorsets will need to comply with?



These standards form a unified framework under which doorsets can be classified in accordance with their performance characteristics. This level playing field will make the task of comparing doorsets with each other and with the client`s requirements far more open and transparent.

BS EN 14351-1:2006 External door excluding those with fire or smoke resistance.

BS EN 14351-2 Internal doors excluding those with fire or smoke resistance.

BS EN 110034 : 2014 Fire or smoke resisting doors.

What are the standards CE marked timber doorsets will need to comply with?



These standards form a unified framework under which doorsets can be classified in accordance with their performance characteristics. This level playing field will make the task of comparing doorsets with each other and with the client`s requirements far more open and transparent.

BS EN 14351-1:2006 External door excluding those with fire or smoke resistance.

BS EN 14351-2 Internal doors excluding those with fire or smoke resistance.

BS EN 110034 : 2014 Fire or smoke resisting doors.

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Declaration of performance of CE marked doorsets.
The manufacturer of CE marked doorsets will be required to issue a Declaration of Performance in a prescribed format. This covers the mandated characteristics listed in the appropriate product standard. The standards require the manufacturer to provide sufficient information to ensure the traceability of his product (e.g. by means of product codes) giving the link between the product, the manufacturer and the production. This information shall either be contained on a product label or detailed in accompanying documents or in the manufacturer`s published technical specifications. Relevant designations of characteristics as well as information about intended use, handling, installation, maintenance and care shall either be contained on a product label or detailed in accompanying documents or in the manufacturer`s published technical specifications.

External doorsets with fire resisting requirements.



Compulsory CE marking of external pedestrian doorsets was introduced in 2013 when the Construction Products Regulations became law, but fire resisting doorsets could not be CE marked until the harmonised standard for those products became available.

Now the timescale of CE Marking to EN: 16034:2014 has been defined by the European Commission. From 1st September 2016, new fire resisting doorsets complying with the new standard can be voluntarily CE marked.
There follows a three year period of coexistence during which fire resisting doorsets that are not CE marked can continue to be supplied alongside CE marked products.

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CE marking

of external doorsets without resistance to fire and smoke.
A CE marked external doorset is defined in BS EN 14351-1:2006 as a doorset without resistance to fire and or smoke control characteristics, which separates the internal climate from the external climate of a construction for which the main intended use is the passage of pedestrians.

From the 1st July 2013 it will be an offence to place a construction product on the market without a CE mark if it is covered by a harmonised standard.

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