EN 438-3:2005

High-pressure decorative laminates (HPL) - Sheets based on thermosetting resins (Usually called Laminates) - Part 3: Classification and specifications for laminates less than 2 mm thick intended for bonding to supporting substrates

Publication date:   Dec 29, 2005

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   Feb 17, 2016


CEN/TC 249 Plastics

European Norm

83.140.20   Laminated sheets



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This Part of EN 438 applies to laminates less than 2 mm thick normally intended for bonding to supporting substrates to produce HPL composite panels and establishes a classification system for high-pressure decorative laminates according to their performance and main recommended fields of application, including materials with special characteristics, for example formability or defined reaction to fire. This Part of EN 438 also specifies requirements for the properties of the various types of laminates covered by this classification system.
High-pressure decorative laminates are characterised by their qualities, durability and functional performance. HPL sheets are available in a wide variety of colours, patterns and surface finishes; they are resistant to wear, scratching, impact, moisture, heat and staining; and possess good hygienic and anti-static properties, being easy to clean and maintain.
EN 438-2 specifies the methods of test relevant to this Part of EN 438. Parts 4, 5, etc. of EN- 438 are reserved for special types of HPL materials.

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Construction products


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 and repealing council directive 89/106/eec

Life cycle


EN 438-2:1991

EN 438-1:1991


EN 438-3:2005
99.60 Withdrawal effective
Feb 17, 2016


EN 438-3:2016