Frequently asked questions

1. Technical product requirements (Conformity Assessment)

What legislation applies to Ferona in this area?

In Czech law, the area of technical product requirements is regulated by Act No 22/1997, as amended by Act No 71/2000, No 102/2001, No 205/2002, No 226/2003, No 277/2003, No 186/2006, No 229/2006, No 481/2008, No 281/2009, No 490/2009, No 155/2010, No 34/2011, No 100/2013, No 64/2014, and No 91/2016, and a number of related government regulations. Ferona's line of business is currently mainly subject to Government Regulation No 163/2002, as amended (No 312,2005 and No 215/2016) stipulating technical requirements for selected construction products (an unharmonized area).

Construction products manufactured according to harmonized standards are subject to Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products, which is directly applicable in all EU Member States.

Will my goods come with a Declaration of Conformity? How does Ferona, a.s. comply with Act No 22/1997?

The Act's only requirement for distributors is that they must prevent distribution of specified products that evidently do not comply with statutory requirements, especially products that do not have stipulated markings. This is why we have prepared a document that provides information on how Ferona complies with requirements in the area of conformity assessment, through which we declare how we comply with the requirements of Act No 22/1997.

For construction products to which Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 applies, we will provide a Declaration of Performance in electronic form, or upon request in printed form. For construction products subject to Government Decree No 163/2002, as amended, we will give you a Declaration of Conformity.

More details are available on the Conformity Assessment page.

What does the CE mark mean on construction products?

In general a CE mark placed by the manufacturer means that the product complies with relevant requirements stipulated in harmonized Community legislation that governs its connection.

For construction products to which Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 applies, the CE mark is the only mark that confirms the construction product complies with properties specified in the declaration in relation to basic characteristics pursuant to a harmonized standard.

2. Origin of goods

What legislation applies to Ferona in this area?

Customs issues are primarily governed by Act No 242/2016, the Customs Act, as amended, and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015, which in Annexes 22-15 to 22-18 specifies texts for individual types of supplier declarations (one-off and long-term, with preferential origin status and without preferential origin status).

How will Ferona confirm origin of goods? On what documents? Can I get a long-term declaration of origin of goods?

If when ordering you request a confirmation of origin of goods, we will give you a one-off declaration on the invoice containing text in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 of 28 July 2015.

Long-term declarations are available only to customers purchasing a limited number of identical items of commercial goods, for which origin does not change over the long term. For most customers we are unable to guarantee the same origin of commercial goods for a long time in the future. We trust that you understand this reason and that it will not have a negative impact on most of you.

Will Ferona give me proof of origin retroactively?

This method is not automatically supported by software, involves more work and is more complicated; even if we do provide it, you must expect some delay.

Why aren't declarations of origin by the manufacturer on the invoice signed?

In accordance with Article 63(3) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 of 24 November 2015, a declaration does not have to have a personal signature if the supplier assures the client in writing that he assumes full liability for any declaration identifying him, as if he had signed it personally.

Ferona does not sign one-off declarations on invoices, and the purchase agreement contains the following sentence concerning assumption of all liability:

Ferona undertakes that it accepts all liability for every declaration concerning origin of goods that bears its trade name, as if it were personally signed by an authorized representative of the company. This pledge is undertaken in accordance article 63(3) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447."

More details are available on the Origin of Goods page.

3. Packaging

What legislation applies to Ferona in this area?

The area of packaging is governed by Act No 477/2001 on packaging and on amendments to some acts, as amended.

How does Ferona comply with statutory requirements for packaging return and reuse?

Ferona, a.s. has a collective performance contract with EKO-KOM, an authorized packaging company, under number EK-F06021639 – Certificate. We provide a declaration concerning compliance with statutory requirements on every invoice.

Is packaging pre-paid for me as a customer?

Yes, this information is also provided on every invoice.

Does Ferona comply with statutory requirements concerning the content of some substances when placing packaging on the market?

The packaging that Ferona places on the market comply with the requirements of § 4 for compliance with limit values of substances on the List of hitherto classified dangerous chemical substances so that the total concentration of lead, cadmium, mercury, and chromium with oxidation number VI in a package or packaging material does not exceed 100 micro grams/g.

How should waste packaging be disposed of?

In order to comply with the requirements of the Waste Act and related obligations that follow from § 10(3) the Waste Act (Act No 185/2001, as amended), we recommend classifying packaging waste in accordance with Decree of the Ministry of the Environment No 93/2016, the Waste Catalogue, as follows and to hand it over to authorized entities for further utilization:

Packaging waste Waste type code (Cat. No) Waste type name Waste category Utilization method
Paper and cardboard 15 01 01 Paper and cardboard packaging "O" Energy recovery
Plastics (PE, PP) 15 01 02 Plastic packaging "O" Energy recovery
Wood waste 15 01 03 Wood packaging "O" Re-use (pallets) or energy recovery
Steel waste (steel strips, binding wire) 15 01 04 Iron and steel "O" Re-use (metal pallets) or recycling

4. Heavy metals and some hazardous substances

What legislation applies to Ferona in this area?

Amendment of the Waste Act resulted in significant changes in the area of minimization of the content of heavy metals and other hazardous substances in end-of-life vehicles and in electrical equipment.

These amendments are based on the following EU Directives:

Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment - ROHS

Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 September 2000 on end-of life vehicles - ELV (its Annex II was amended by Commission Decision 2002/525/EC)

How does Ferona ensure compliance with customer requirements concerning content of heavy metals and some hazardous substances?

Ferona communicates with its suppliers on a regular basis in order to provide (if relevant to their products) a declaration that these products are in compliance with content requirements for heavy metals and some hazardous substances in the above legislation.

Based on statements from our suppliers, we will provide you with the relevant information upon request.