What is a declaration of conformity?
It is a declaration in which the manufacturer (producer) declares that the products delivered to the customer are in accordance with his order. Before placing an order, both parties agree on the details of the order and approve them. The declaration of conformity guarantees that the products obtained comply with both the customer’s order and the applicable regulations and standards according to PN-EN 10204.
What is the difference between 2.1 and 2.2 approvals?
Both documents constitute the manufacturer’s (producer’s) declaration that the goods received by the customer are in line with the requirements for placing the order. The difference between the certificates 2.1 and 2.2 is that the declaration of conformity 2.2 is additionally accompanied by the test results carried out during the non-specific inspection. The inspection documents are not attached to the certificate 2.1.
Non-specific quality control
We distinguish between specific and non-specific quality control. The former is carried out on the basis of guidelines that are strictly defined, inter alia, in official regulations or in terms of delivery. The test results carried out during the specific quality control are attached to the acceptance certificate 3.1 and 3.2. Declaration of Conformity 2.2. contains a complete set of non-specific quality control documents. It is carried out on the basis of checking procedures, the purpose of which is to state that all products included in the order meet the requirements of the ordering party.
2.1 and 2.2 approval according to EN 10204
Who issues the declaration of conformity?
European Standard 10204 states that the documents may be issued by the manufacturer. It is permissible for the declarations to be signed by an authorized representative of the manufacturer and delivered to the customer. In the case of certificate 2.2, the results of the tests carried out during the non-specific inspection are additionally attached.
In which language should the document be delivered to the recipient?
The EN 10204 standard does not specify the language in which the documents should be prepared and delivered to the recipient. However, it is assumed that the document of the declaration of conformity should be prepared in such a way that it is fully understandable for the recipient.
Is rewriting and copying of documents allowed?
Some companies try to prescribe the approval on their letterhead, which is unacceptable according to the European standard 10204. The standard clearly states that it is only allowed to copy documents and change the quantity of products specified in the order. Copying original documents is allowed under two conditions: the availability of a complete set of original documents and the use of a product labeling (identification) system. The applied traceability procedures are designed to enable quick identification of each batch of the product. The customer receives the original or a copy of the quality control documents issued by the manufacturer. PN-EN 10204 clearly states that the broker cannot make any changes to the documents.
Is there a fee for approvals?
The test results are not attached to the certificate 2.1, therefore it has been assumed that no fees are charged for issuing the document. It may happen, however, that the producer (producer) demands such a fee, which is not prohibited. The certificate, to which the test results are attached, is payable.