The N Mark for baked clay elements for protected and unprotected factories certifies conformity with applicable requirements and enables manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements in force in Spain, such as the Technical Building Code
AENOR product certification for baked clay pieces for protected and non-protected factories (bricks or coating blocks and exposed bricks) can facilitate on-site reception, which allows for reduced testing and verifications and thus facilitating the technical and documentary management on site.
The N Mark for baked clay pieces is accredited by the National Accreditation Entity (ENAC) and their products are registered in the register of the Technical Building Code (CTE) as officially recognised quality standards, by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
Certification is the action carried out by an independent body, which manifests that an organisation, product, process or service meets the requirements defined in certain standards or technical specifications. AENOR marks prove this certification and constitute a distinguishing factor on the market, improving the image of products and services and building trust among customers and consumers:
The AENOR N certified product mark demonstrates compliance with certain standards. It is a symbol of product quality and safety, and is backed by an independent third party, AENOR, a leader in certification. The AENOR N Mark logo is recognised by public and private users, facilitating the sales of thousands of certified products around the world.
AENOR's N certified product marks are not mandatory; manufacturers can voluntarily submit their products to be fully assessed by independent agencies and specialists in order to objectively ensure that they comply with the quality and safety requirements set forth in the corresponding regulations. The AENOR N mark therefore supplements the CE mark for products covered by harmonised directives and regulations. AENOR N marks are of particular value to customers when the product at issue is not covered by a CE mark.
AENOR performs its own certification system in order to certify each product, which uses applicable standards, technical specifications, certification procedures and features.
The N Mark for baked clay pieces covers two large product groups, encompassed in the certification documents:
As a compliance assessor, AENOR is a leading product certification entity. The AENOR N Mark now features on more than 100,000 certified products in more than 40 countries and is one of the world's five most popular quality marks.
The AENOR N Mark is a voluntary mark that enables companies to demonstrate that their product complies with certain features stipulated by a UNE, EN or ISO standard or technical specification. This display of conformity is based on rigorous monitoring of manufacturing processes and testing of end products carried out by AENOR, and enables holders of the N Mark to place their high-quality certified products on the market and to instil confidence in customers.
Royal Decree 314/2006, of 17 March, approving the Technical Building Code (CTE), is the regulatory framework that establishes the requirements that must be met by buildings in terms of basic safety and habitability aspects, established in Act 38/1999 of 5 November, on Building Standards (LOE).
The AENOR N Mark is recognised by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport as a standard of quality of the CTE. This recognition means that the Administration is sufficiently confident in the products certified under the AENOR N Mark considering that the use of these products in buildings contributes to compliance with the basic requirements set forth in legislation. For this reason, use of AENOR N Mark products benefits all agents involved in constructing a building.
This way, the AENOR N Mark can provide the following advantages:
Business providers and monitoring agents
The end user
Certification of baked clay elements comprises two clearly differentiated phases. In the first phase, certification applicants must implement a documentation system based on ISO 9001. At the same time, they must control the products and measurement equipment as set out in the certification regulations.
Subsequently, AENOR's Technical Services visit the production facility in order to verify compliance with the requirements of the certification document. Samples of the items to be certified are taken, which are sent to one of the laboratories accredited by ENAC that collaborate with AENOR in the certification process. After receiving the test results, AENOR, which acts as Secretary to the Technical Certification Committee, presents a confidential report of all the activities, which is valued by the Committee.
If the decision is satisfactory, AENOR will be advised to issue the certificate, if not, the applicant will be informed of the reasons why the application was rejected and of any additional activities to be performed.
After issuance of the certificate, the company progresses to the certification monitoring phase. During this phase, AENOR's services make annual visits to the production facilities to confirm that the criteria and requirements established in the certification regulations are being applied and maintained. During the visit, samples of the certified models are taken on a rotational basis for testing in an accredited laboratory.
On an annual basis, the Secretary will prepare a report on all the activities performed. This will be submitted to the Committee, which will decide, based on the results obtained, whether or not to uphold the certificate, or if extraordinary activities must be performed.
Once an organisation passes the certification process, it obtains:
Environmental product declarations (EPD)
EPD of baked clay products in accordance with Standard EN 15804
The CE MARK is a passport for building products
The CE mark provides
access to the European Economic Area for construction products
Fired clay tiles
N Mark Certified Product
is recognised as a voluntary mark of quality, which contributes to compliance with basic requirements of the CTE