European Association for Panels and Profiles
The European Association for Panels and Profiles is the “ambassador” of the manufacturers of metal profiled sheets, sandwich panels and ancillary products on the European level, representing them in all political, regulatory, technical committees or any other initiatives which are relevant for realizing a harmonized and free market in Europe. It aims to provide expertise and information to decision makers in this segment of the construction sector, which has high potential with regard to energy efficiency, sustainable construction but also resource efficiency and flexibility of design.
The quality activity of the association is based on European standards which permit to label a product with a CE-mark. This CE-mark is based on declarations of the manufacturer. Members of the association do more. The European Association for Panels and Profiles has its own quality assurance system, through which the products are under surveillance of independent third parties which control the characteristics of the products regularly. The initial testing of the products, the evaluation of material properties and the testing of samples twice a year under independent control guarantee that the characteristics fulfil the requirements of the European standards and moreover the EPAQ Quality Regulations.
Third parties working together with this European Association are laboratories, auditors and experts with very good knowledge on sandwich panels and profiles. All these groups are working independently from the industry to ensure objective results and a high-quality, under the Quality Label EPAQ. Many of the experts who are working for the third parties are directly involved in the development of European standards and European recommendations (i.e. CIB and ECCS).
The association has created Testing Rules to harmonize the work of the third parties to ensure a coordinated and equal work all over Europe, so that a quality defined at one end of Europe is the same defined at the other end.