BM TRADA is warning structural steel manufacturers and fabricators that from 1st July 2014 CE marking for steel structures and components becomes mandatory in the UK, under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). After this date it will be a criminal offence to supply a steel frame or steel components without a CE mark.
To apply the CE mark, manufacturers, contractors and fabricators will need to demonstrate compliance with BS EN 1090-1 parts 1 & 2: Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures.
BS EN 1090-1: Requirements for conformity assessment of structural components explains that, since all structural steel is seen as safety critical, manufacturers must document and implement a Factory Production Control (FPC) system and have the system certified by a Notified Body, such as BM TRADA.
BS EN 1090-2: Technical requirements for steel structures, outlines what is required to ensure steel frames meet adequate levels of mechanical resistance, stability, serviceability and durability. The standard sets out four Execution Classes (EXCs):
EXC1 – e.g. Agricultural buildings
EXC2 – e.g. Residential or Commercial structures
EXC3 – e.g Bridges
EXC4 – e.g.Special structures (long-span bridges etc)
For EXC2,3 & 4, all welding must be controlled by a Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC), with proven competence, in accordance with the requirements of EN 14731 and the relevant part of EN ISO 3834. Manufacturers must supply a certificate that specifically states that the RWC is trained to these standards as proof of compliance.
In order to apply the CE mark, frame/component manufacturers, fabricators and contractors must be in possession of a Factory Production Control Certificate issued by a Notified Body, such as BM TRADA, as well as an appropriate Declaration of Performance for the steel frame or component/s.
BM TRADA is a notified body and can conduct UKAS accredited FPC certification to assist steel frame manufacturers and fabricators in achieving compliance with the CPR.
Mark Wilkinson BM TRADA Commercial Business Development Manager, Building and Product Services says:
“BM TRADA provides independent certification, testing, inspection, training and technical services across a range of industry sectors. It is recognised worldwide for its technical expertise and excellent customer service.
“BM TRADA can offer support for every stage of the CE marking process, from assessing your requirements/product to conducting factory production control audits and CE certification. By working together with clients we ensure that they can meet the requirements of the CPR and apply a CE mark well ahead of the 1st July 2014 deadline.”
For further information on CE marking for structural steel contact, Steve Russell +44 (0) 1494 569667