Product Certification

What are the advantages for the consumer?

  • high quality products
  • guarantee that the product sold is identical to the tested product
  • confirmation that products are FULLY tested according to the relevant standards
  • eligibility for subsidies

What are the advantages for the manufacturers?

  • simpler testing procedure
  • one test valid for all European countries
  • freedom of choice amongst the accredited test labs
  • easier introduction of new products in different European countries
  • simplified procedures for replacing components in certified products

What is the relation with the CE marking of solar collectors?

The Solar Keymark is a quality label based on a voluntary third party certification.
The CE-marking is a self attestation that the product fulfils minimum legal requirements according to specific European directives.
A CE-marking of collectors is underway, covering safety and structural requirements.

CE-marking related to Construction Product Directive (CPD)

CE-marking of solar collectors related to the Construction Product Directive (CPD) is under preparation.
More specific info related to collectors.

CE-marking related to Pressure Equipment Directive (PED)

As solar collectors are pressurized, the question arises if they are touched by the regulations of the EU pressure equipment directive (PED).
More specific info related to collectors.

What is the current situation in European countries?

The Solar Keymark is used in Europe and increasingly recognized worldwide. It is the main quality label for solar thermal products and is widely spread across the European market and beyond. It is recognised in all European countries, even if in soime countries some aditional requirements may apply. 

Further information may be found on country reports. These intend to provide an overview of the situation of different European markets. This overview addressed general market topics and specific standards & certification issues. 

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