Performance and durability are no requirements for the use of the PGM mark. Therefore, the user has the choice between PGM marked hammer drill bits and rotary drill bits, which are suitable for safe anchor installation, with different quality and price levels.
Generally, the quality level of drill bits with PGM mark can be assumed as higher than those of unmarked drill bits, because reliable and quality focussed drill bit manufacturers are normally certified by PGM.
Products may only be CE marked, if they are in the scope of a relevant European Regulation or Directive. This is not the case with drill bits for the following reasons:
- SDS hammer drill bits and percussion drill bits are not construction products. Although they are used on construction site, they are not installed into the building like for instance anchors. Therefore they are not in the scope of the European Construction Products Regulation (Regulation 305/2011/EU).
- SDS hammer drill bits and percussion drill bits are also no machines and are therefore not covered by the European Machinery Directive (Directive 2006/42/EU).
- The only European Directive applicable to drill bits and other tools like grinding tools, technical brushes, saw blades and hand tools is the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD, 2001/65/EC). But this directive does not foresee a CE mark.
For that reasons, drill bits may not be marked with CE.
The manufacturer code numbers which are used together with the PGM mark are strictly confidential. Therefore, no lists with these code numbers and the manufacturers are provided.
Since 2009, more than 56000 faked drill bits and packaging have been seized during raid actions. The raids have been conducted on behalf of PGM by the Chinese authority Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC). The seized drill bits have been destroyed and the counterfeiters have been penalized.