SINTEF Product Certificate (PS)

 

 
 

What is Sintef Product Certificate?

SINTEF Product Certificate is a voluntary Norwegian certification scheme. The SINTEF product certificate may be issued for construction products that do not have a CE marking and CPR certificate, and states that the product is in conformity with a national or international product standard or other technical specification, and that production is subject to ongoing quality control.
SINTEF Product Certificate is issued for both construction products produced in Norway and for imported products.
 
SINTEF Product Certificate is issued for both construction products produced in Norway and for imported products.
 
 
 

Requirements in the legislation on documentation of construction products

Regulations on documentation of construction products (DOK) require documentation of product properties that are relevant to the basic requirements for building structures:
  • Mechanical resistance and stability
  • Safety in case of fire
  • Hygiene, health and environment
  • Safety and accessibility in use
  • Protection against noise
  • Energy economy and heat retention
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
 
Manufacturers of construction products will provide the necessary documentation of the properties of the products. 
 
Products without CE marking must have product documentation that corresponds to what is required for CE marking of similar product types. SINTEF Product Certificate is one such documentation.
 

Requirements for certification of building materials

For CE-marked construction products, requirements for certification of the product (System 1 or 1+), or certification of the production control (System 2+) are given in the harmonized product standard or in ETA. 
 
For non-CE marked construction products, the Guidelines to Regulations on documentation of construction products (DOK) assume a corresponding certification when the products have virtually the same function as products where the relevant product standard or ETA requires certification.
 
Section 12 of the Guidelines stipulates that requirements for certification of the following building materials are:
 
  • Prefabricated building modules - System 1
  • Wet room boards - System 2+
  • Radon membranes - System 1
  • Prefabricated bathroom modules - System 1
  • Fire retardent paints - System 1
  • Products in contact with drinking water - System 1+
 
To promote and sell building materials as mentioned above, product certification is required according to the specified system.
 
In order to meet the requirements for certification of such construction products, SINTEF offers preparation of ETA (European Technical Assessment), SINTEF Technical Approval or SINTEF Product Certificate.
 
Contact us at e-mail certification@sintef.no if you want to get your construction products certified.
 

Products that can be certified 

There is a basis for certifying a product if there is either a Norwegian, European or international standard; or technical specification for the product type. A product can be certified by one or more standards, or parts of a standard. SINTEF Product Certificate cannot be issued for products where a CPR certificate and CE marking is required. For such products we can issue a SINTEF Technical Approval if the customer so desires.
 

SINTEF AS is a technical inspection and certification body

SINTEF Building and Infrastructure is accredited by Norwegian Accreditation for the certification of products covered by the EU Construction Products Regulation. SINTEF Building and Infrastructure is also designated as technical inspection body by the Norwegian building authorities (Directorate for Building Quality (DiBK)), with identification number 1071, to make conformity assessment of products within more than 30 product areas according to the Building Product Regulation. Product certification follows the guidelines in NS-EN ISO / IEC 17065: 2012 "Compliance assessment - Requirements for certification bodies for products, processes and services", and includes certification of products and products' production processes. The designation of SINTEF AS as a technical inspection body has been published in the EU Commission's NANDO base.
 

Certification of components in contact with drinking water

Metallic products and components that come into contact with drinking water must be tested for leaching of lead and cadmium according to NKB product regulations 4 to obtain SINTEF Product Certificate.  Regulations on technical requirements for construction works (TEK) sets requirements for maximum content of lead and cadmium in components that are in contact with drinking water to ensure that drinking water meets Norwegian requirements. Examples of products in contact with drinking water are water taps, pipes, valves and couplings.
 
Water tap for drinking water. Photo: SINTEF
 

Basis for certification

Product certificates are issued on the basis of test results, calculations and other verification of the properties of the construction product, as specified in the relevant technical specification.
 
Testing, calculation and verification must be carried out by a neutral body that can be accepted by SINTEF.
 

Product and production control

All products with SINTEF Product Certificate are subject to a monitoring product and production control.
 
SINTEF, or another accredited inspection body, monitors the production control by inspecting the production site. For some product types, the control also includes sampling the product to verify that the product conforms to the technical specification in the product certificate.
 
If the manufacturer has a certified quality system, e.g. according to the ISO 9000 series, the audit of the quality system is coordinated with the monitoring production control as far as possible.
 

Marking

SINTEF issues certification marks with certification numbers for relevant products. The labels can be used on the product itself, the packaging and in marketing.
 
Example of certification mark from SINTEF
 

Validity

A SINTEF Product Certificate has ongoing validity but is formally renewed at least every five years. A contract is signed between SINTEF AS and the holder, and follow-ups are made to check any revision of the certificate e.g. in case of changes in the product, production or other matters that are of significance to the certificate. If the changes are significant, the certificate is withdrawn.
 

Publishing

Holders of SINTEF Product Certificate may multiply their certificates as needed. The certificates are published on www.sintefcertification.no.
 
You can search for product certificates in several ways:
  • Using box at the top right of the page. Here you can search with the name of the holder of the product certificate, the product name, the certificate number or the product type.
  • Searching the lists that are sorted by product types and holders.

Alternative to product certificate

If there is no standard or other technical specification within the product area, or if a more comprehensive product documentation is required (e.g. documentation of special properties, specification of areas of use, conditions for use, etc.), a SINTEF Technical Approval may also be issued for construction products.
 
SINTEF Technical Approval is particularly relevant for composite systems. For example, water-based floor heating systems. One can issue product certificates for many of the components in a floor heating system, but with a SINTEF Technical Approval one can document the system as a whole. With a SINTEF Technical Approval, the system is also assessed in relation to requirements in Regulations on technical requirements for construction works (TEK).
 

Application for certification 

 
Application documentation is numbered and entered as an attachment in the form. Application forms and supporting documents, such as test and calculation reports, brochures, assembly instructions and data sheets, are attached as an attachment in e-mail and sent to certification@sintef.no , or by letter to SINTEF Certification, Postboks 124 Blindern, 0314 Oslo