CE Marking of Bricks in Malta – A Myth or Reality?

CE Marking of Bricks in Malta is currently under the spotlight. And in this blog, we discuss whether it is possible for companies in Malta to get CE Marking.
CE Marking of Bricks in Malta

CE Marking of Bricks in Malta is a requirement that will now start to be enforced. In this blog, I wanted to share with you some critical considerations for you to comply with these requirements. 

Once you comply to the following requirements you can affix the CE Marking logo on the product, or documents accompanying the product like the delivery note. 

What is CE Marking of Bricks in Malta?

CE marking is a self-declaration that the products being produced comply with applicable requirements. The CE (Conformite Europeenne, French for European Conformity) ensures a standard level of Quality throughout Countries within the European Economic Area (EEA). 

CE Marking for bricks is done based on EN 771-3:2011 +A1:2015. In a nutshell, this is what CE Marking for bricks relates to:

  • Compliance with the respective standard for the production of hollow concrete blocks (bricks)
  • Performance declaration issued by the manufacturer, to state several critical performance characteristics of the products produced 
  • A Quality control system to ensure consistent product quality 
  • Meeting the legal requirement to place construction materials into the market of a country within the EEA. 
  • Assurance to consumers about the quality of the product they are purchasing. 
  • While CE is marking a requirement for manufacturers within EEA countries; invariably this leads to a global recognition of the product being manufactured by the respective entity

Getting your Bricks CE Marked in Malta

For a company to successfully be legally allowed to place the CE Marking on their product, several actions must be taken by the respective entity. 

Hereunder, I will be giving you an overview of such requirements. 

Product Declaration

The starting point of CE Marking for bricks in Malta is to create a product declaration of performance. Once created, this will be public information;  here’s an example.

Contrary to tests being done by laboratories, the product declaration has to have some basic information like:

  • name of product
  • intended use
  • address or manufacturer
  • standard being followed
  • notified body  
  • declared  performance

Once created, this document has to be endorsed by the top management of the manufacturer.  This includes information like the dimensions, the compressive strength, and other information. This is a new requirement for CE Marking. 

Specifications for controls

Annex ZA within the EN 773 standards states the essential characteristics are important for hollow concrete blocks  (a.k.a bricks). These characteristics are;

  • dimensions
  • configuration
  • compressive strength
  • dimensional stability
  • bond strength
  • reaction to fire
  • water absorption
  • water vapor permeability 
  • direct airborne sound insulation
  • thermal resistance
  • durability against freeze/thaw
  • dangerous substances

When working on your CE Marking for bricks in Malta, you should consider any of the above that are deemed necessary by your customers. For each of the above that you decide to include, you will need to have accurate results. 


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Although CE Marking is a self-declaration, the required approval from notified bodies is needed. A notified body is an accredited laboratory that can confirm your ability to meet the stated claims.

For choice on some of the notified bodies that you can use to get your bricks CE Marked in Malta, get in touch, I’d love to help.


ISO 9001 certification for the construction industry is critical. Having said that, more action must be taken by your organization to be able to affix the CE Marking logo on your bricks, or any other product.

A rigorous quality control program has to be in place. You will need to confirm that the quality of the products that you are producing meets the claims that you are stating within the performance declaration (see above).


An important component of having your hollow concrete products CE Marked is to have reliable raw materials. The basic raw materials needed for bricks are as follows:

  • cement – CE Marking is available
  • aggregate & sand – CE Marking is not available in most quarries in Malta

When manufacturing bricks; aggregate and sand play an important role in the overall characteristics of the final product. Now quarries in Malta have their product quality vary from one layer to the next. This makes it hard for them to issue a declaration of performance that is consistently met. Moreover, given that the industry never really demanded this of local quarries, CE Marking has not been completed by such suppliers of these critical raw materials.

By following a quality control plan for raw materials provided by suppliers, manufacturers of bricks can have increased peace of mind. If the raw materials are sent for testing by an independent laboratory, say every 2 months, they can ensure that the raw material can meet the claimed/required characteristics.


While CE Marking for concrete cannot be done, CE Marking for bricks is increasingly becoming an important requirement. As an ISO management system consultant, I promise to be with you from start to finish. From first contact, till your products are CE Marked (and beyond), I will assist you with every action that we need to take.

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