On the 1stof July 2014, the CPR – Construction Products Regulations came into force for fabricated constructional steelwork and made CE marking a mandatory requirement if covered by a harmonised standard.
The harmonised standard for constructional steelwork is BS EN 1090-1.
What about Brexit?
The UK Construction Products Regulation CPR (SI 2013/1387) supports the EU Construction Products Regulation by setting out the enforcement regime for this regulation. Therefore, if your product is covered by a harmonised standard, you will need to attain CE Certification by law.
How do I know if my product requires CE marking?
BS EN 1090-1 covers a large range of products that require CE marking.
BS EN 1090-2 covers the technical requirements for steel.
BS EN 1090-3 covers the technical requirements for aluminium.
Click here for a list of products that fall within the scope of BS EN 1090-1
Click here for clarification on balustrades
Who’s responsible for CE marking?
The Construction Products Regulations apply to: –
Manufacturers, distributors, and importers of metal components or kits that have a structural use.
Definition of Manufacturer
The manufacturer is any person who is responsible for designing and manufacturing a product and who places the product on the market “under his own name or trade name”.
Further, the responsibility of the manufacturer is placed on any person who changes the intended use of a product or who modifies the product such as drilling, bending, or cutting in such a way that different essential requirements become applicable.
By CE marking a product, the manufacturer is declaring sole responsibility as regards to the conformity of the product which includes all of the legal requirements to achieve CE marking.
Thus, the manufacturer is ensuring validity for their product to be sold throughout the EEA – European Economic Area. It also applies to products made in third countries (not in the EU) whichare then sold in the EEA and Turkey. If a product is manufactured outside the EEA, you are advised to ensure that the product bears the CE mark.
How do I attain it?
Step 1. Identify if your product(s) fall within the scope of the standard.
Step 2. Identify your Execution class
The designer will need to identify the correct Execution class.
Step 3. Create the FPC – Factory Production Control System.
The FPC is a Quality Management System that controls everything from initial customer contact through to final inspection prior to despatch.
Step 4. Incorporate a Welding Quality Management System to BS EN 3834
(If welding is part of the process).
Step 5. Welder training/Qualifications
Persons welding constructional steelwork will need valid Welding Qualifications in line with the specifications of the standard.
Step 6. Employ or have access to an RWC – Responsible Welding Coordinator
(Subject to Execution Class) the RWC is a person who is overall responsible for the companies Welding activities and Welding Qlty Management System.
Step 7. Select a Notified Body
The UKAS Notified Body will assess all of the above. Upon conformity, the Notified Body will issue you with the CE Certificate and, thereafter,your Notified Body will conduct regular surveillance audits.