Conformity with requirements

 

The Rescue Equipment Act (10/2007), section 6, includes stipulations on the attestation of conformity as follows:

Those who deal in marketing of rescue equipment or transfer of them to others must ensure and be able to reliably prove that the equipment meets the relevant requirements.


The rescue equipment is considered to meet the relevant requirements if the manufacturer has duly declared its conformity and affixed a mark of conformity to the equipment, or the conformity of the equipment has been attested by a certification procedure carried out by an assessment body.

If the rescue equipment is included in the scope of application of statutes that require the affixation of the CE marking, the CE marking with the associated manufacturer's obligations proves that the equipment complies with the statutes.

 

Attestation of conformity based on a Directive

In practice, attestation of the conformity of rescue service equipment varies, depending on the Directive applied. Where several Directives have been listed, all or part of them may apply depending on issues such as the product's mode of operation, power source or location.

 

The EU Construction Products Regulation, which replaced the former Construction Products Directive, partly entered into force on 20 April 2011. According to said Regulation, any construction products covered by a harmonised standard should be accompanied, as of 1 July 2013, by a declaration of performance (instead of the former declaration of conformity), in turn accompanied – when needed or required – by a certificate on constancy of performance issued by a notified product certification body, and a CE marking.


Any construction products to which a CE marking has been attached prior to 1 July 2013, in accordance with the Construction Products Directive, are regarded as compliant with the Construction Products Regulation, but the declaration of conformity required by the Directive must be replaced by a declaration of performance.


Further information on the CE marking of construction products is available here.

 

Valid harmonised standards related to the scope of application of the Rescue Equipment Act (10/2007) are accessible on the websites of hEN Helpdesk and Finnish Standards Association SFS.

 

Product/equipment

Directive

National
requirements

Remarks

Portable fire extinguishers

Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC)

Ministry of the Interior Decree (790/2001)  

Mobile fire extinguishers

Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC)

   

Aerosol fire extinguishers

Aerosol Dispensers Directive (75/324/EEC)

 

Compulsory marking: inverted epsilon

Fire hose reels

Construction Products Regulation 305/2011

 

As of 1 July 2013, compulsory use of  CE marking for products covered by harmonised EN standard

Smoke alarms

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
R&TTE Directive

Construction Products Regulation 305/2011

Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Government Decree (291/2009)

Ministry of the Interior Decree (239/2009)

 

Carbon monoxide alarms

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
RoHS Directive

   SFS-EN 50291-1

Fire alarm systems

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
ATEX Directive
Construction Products Regulation 305/2011
Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
RoHS Directive

 

As of 1 July 2013, compulsory use of  CE marking for products covered by harmonised EN standard

Fire extinguishing equipment

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
ATEX Directive
Construction Products Regulation 305/2011
Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC)
RoHS Directive

 

As of 1 July 2013, compulsory use of  CE marking for products covered by  harmonised EN standard

Emergency escape route signs and safety markings

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
RoHS Directive

Ministry of the Interior Decree (805/2005)  

Civil defence shelter equipment

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
RoHS Directive

Government Decree (409/2011)

 

Fireplaces

Construction Products Regulation 305/2011

 

Prefabricated fireplaces permanently connected to smoke flue for use of solid fuel, e.g. fireplaces, iron stoves and sauna stoves. As of 1 July 2013, compulsory use of CE marking for products covered by harmonised EN standard.

Smoke exhaust products

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
RoHS Directive

Construction Products Regulation 305/2011

 

As of 1 July 2013, compulsory use of CE marking for products covered by harmonised EN standard

Alarm and warning equipment

EMC Directive
LVD Directive
RoHS Directive

Construction Products Regulation 305/2011

 

Construction Products Regulation 305/2011, if as part of fire alarm system, otherwise EN 60849

 

Attestation of conformity with respect to products not covered by Directives or harmonised product standards, or equipment whose conformity and attestation thereof are not covered by detailed, statute-based requirements

 

There is a number of rescue equipment to which no Directives can be applied. Some of these products are not covered by any Standards either. Nevertheless, the obligation to provide a written attestation of conformity also applies to such products.


For this purpose, a declaration of conformity must be drawn up, containing at least the following details:

- product description
- product identification marking
- name and address of manufacturer and/or importer and/or marketer
- testing of product properties, and test results
- reference to standards applied
- technical specifications applied
- operational reliability verification method applied
- verification of compatibility with ancillary equipment
- restrictions to product use
- details of the compilation of information on, and instructions for, installation, use and maintenance
- signature and clarification of signature of the person in charge
- signatory's position in the organisation
- organisation's contact details.

 

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