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N Mark for copper pipes and fittings
M mark of quality for copper tubes and accessories and other components for installation

N Mark for copper pipes and fittings

N Mark for copper pipes and fittings

The N Mark for the quality of copper pipes and fittings and associated installation components certifies the quality of these products

The objective of this certification is to ensure compliance with the requirements established in applicable standards for each product. Among other things, this helps the manufacturer to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of its customers and, where relevant, with regulations in force, such as the Technical Building Code.

AENOR product certification is accredited by the ENAC and is recognised in the General Registry of quality standards of the Technical Building Code (CTE), by the Directorate-General for Architecture and the Housing Policy of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

The N Mark covers the following products:

  • Round seamless copper pipes for medical gases or vacuum (UNE-EN 13348:2009)
  • Copper pipes for water and gas in sanitary and heating applications (UNE-EN 1057:2007+A1:2010) ​
  • Capillary welded copper fittings (UNE-EN 1254-1:1999)
  • Soft solder filler metals used in equipment and installations for drinking water, heating and low pressure gas facilities (UNE-EN-ISO 9453:2015)
  • Seamless round copper pipes for air conditioning and refrigeration

As a compliance assessor, AENOR is a leading product certification entity. With over 100,000 certifications, the AENOR N Mark is present in over 40 countries and is in the top five most widely used product quality marks in the world.

The AENOR N Mark is a voluntary logo that enables a company to demonstrate that their product complies with the specific provision of a UNE, EN or ISO standard, or a 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 CTE quality symbol. 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 provides the following advantages:

The manufacturer

  • Better understanding of a product due to the exhaustive control the AENOR Mark establishes with respect to the same
  • Products that do not comply with relevant standards or regulations can be detected before they enter the market
  • Decreases production costs as a result of greater control during the manufacturing process
  • There are commercial grounds to introduce the product into new markets and facilitate access to works

Business providers and monitoring agents

  • Fewer or no checks upon delivery are required for goods provided for by the CTE
  • Ensures that products used in works comply with applicable regulatory requirements
  • Guarantee that the product has previously been verified in order to determine compliance with the minimum requirements of basic CTE documents

The end user

  • Properties are built using materials of proven quality
  • Product certified by a prestigious organisation and global leader in the certification of building products.

APPLICATION

The AENOR Mark is voluntary. Companies that want AENOR to certify their product must submit their application in accordance with the formats established by AENOR. This application must include information about the company and the characteristics of the products for which certification is sought.

Once AENOR technical staff have analysed the documents, compliance assessment activities will be performed in order to verify that the products comply with the applicable standards:

AUDIT/INSPECTION

A visit is made to the production centre to carry out the following procedures:

    • a) the quality management system is audited in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO 9001 requirements that are directly related to the production process.
    • b) The manufacturer's manufacturing process and production controls are inspected to ensure the product complies with the requirements of the standard.
    • c) Samples are taken and sent to an accredited laboratory, which performs the tests included in the standards. The manufacturer sends the samples identified by the auditor to the laboratory.

TESTING

The laboratory performs the tests established by the standard and sends its report to AENOR.

GRANTING PROCEDURE

Using all the information on the activities performed, the Technical Certification Committee (independent body comprising all the interested parties: manufacturers, the Administration, users, monitoring entities and AENOR) will either propose to AENOR that the Mark be granted, or request that one of the activities be repeated due to non-compliance.

Once the Certificate has been granted, the process will continue as the monitoring activities required to keep it must be performed. Samples will be taken, and audits, inspections and tests will be performed on an annual basis. Results are assessed every year by the Technical Certification Committee, which will decide whether or not to maintain the Mark.

Once the certification process has been completed, organisations obtain: ​

  • The AENOR product certificate
  • A licence to use AENOR's Mark of certified products
AENOR N Mark logo for a certified product​​

European Passport

​​The CE MARK is a passport for building products

The CE mark provides access to the European Economic Area for construction products

GlobalEPD Declarations

Environmental product declarations (EPD)

​​​​AENOR manages the GlobalEPD Programme of verification, in accordance with Standards ISO 14025 and ​EN 15804