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CE Markingfor structural steel & aluminium fabricators EN 1090-1

I.S. EN 1090-1 Requirements for conformity assessment of structural components

The National Regulations, namely, European Union (Construction Products) Regulations 2013 - S.I. No. 225 of 2013, which were signed into law by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on 27 June 2013, facilitate the application of the CPR in Ireland providing for inspection of products on the Irish market by Local Authorities.  These Regulations came into operation on 1 July 2013.  The aim of the regulation is to harmonise the safety performance of construction products across the EU and they apply as mandatory to anything placed on the market, whether imported or manufactured in the EU.

Since July 2014 Structural Steelwork and aluminium now fall under the CPR and therefore must carry CE marking to demonstrate that they comply with EN 1090-1:2009 +A1:2011 Execution of Steel Structures and Aluminium Structures – Part 1: Requirements for conformity assessment of structural components, which involves a number of steps that culminate in certification by a third party, known as a notified inspection body (NB).  Irish NBs must be notified by the notifying authority (DoECLG) and accredited by a National Accreditation Board (e.g. in Ireland this is INAB).

Impact on typical fabrication company

NSAI’s experience to date has been that to comply with the standard steel fabrication companies need to:

  • Implement a quality control management system into their organisations.  This management system needs to document the procedures and capture the necessary records to ensure traceability and confidence in the manufactured product.
  • Designate at least one person is as the Responsible Welding Coordinator, there is specific training required for this role.
  • Welders will also need to be qualified as will the welding procedures.  A welding procedure is required for each different type of weld.

Industry Supports

NSAI are engaging with the Local Enterprise Office's (LEO’s) and Enterprise Ireland to inform the industry and provide appropriate supports to address the requirements of the CPR and I.S. EN 1090-1.

  • Targeted information campaign to be initiated in January 2015 with;
    • Information Seminars for the LEO’s
    • Web based information on requirements - see the seminar presentations
    • Communications through representative bodies / stakeholders
  • Primary standards I.S. EN 1090-1 & I.S. EN 1090-2 will be made available, through the Local Enterprise Offices, to industry at a discounted packaged rate.  Contact NSAI to be notified when this is available.
  • Development of point of contact / consultants / training supports to enable industries compliance / achievement of the CPR requirements in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and LEO’s network.
  • NSAI has undertaken the accreditation requirement to enable it act as a notified inspection body.

Pre-audit Questionnaire

  • An NSAI Pre-audit Questionnaire for I.S. EN 1090-1 is available to industry, to facilitate preliminary assessment by affected businesses. Download Pre-audit Questionnaire.

What is the aim of the Construction Products Regulations (CPR)?

The Construction Products Regulations (CPR) came into effect in across the EU on 1st July 2013.  The aim of the regulation is to harmonise the safety performace of construction products across the EU and they apply to anything placed on the market, whether imported or manufactured in the EU.  

The CPR defines seven principles for materials that are to be used in civil engineering:

  1. Mechanical resistance & stability
  2. Safety in case of fire
  3. Hygiene, health & the environment
  4. Safety and accessibility in use
  5. Protection against noise
  6. Energy economy & heat retention
  7. Sustainable use of natural resources

Who does it apply to?

As of July 1st 2014 the majority of manufactured structural metal components or kits that have been either made in the Ireland or imported, and to which a harmonised European standard applies, must comply with the CPR & CE marking requirements.  The harmonised European standard that applies to structural metalwork is I.S. EN 1090-1 .

The regulations apply to a wide range of activities involving manufactured items:

  • Importers of structural metalwork kits or components
  • Stockholders and metal processors that modify stock e.g. by drilling, painting, bending, electroplating etc.
  • Manufacturers of metal components or kits that have a structural use in civil engineering.

Organisations covered by CPR will need to show that they comply with I.S. EN 1090-1:2009 +A1:2011 Execution of Steel Structures and Aluminium Structures – Part 1: Requirements for conformity assessment of structural components, which involves a number of steps that culminate in certification by a third party, known as a notified inspection body (NB).  Irish NBs must be notified by the notifying authority (DoECLG) and accredited by a National Accreditation Board (e.g. in Ireland this is INAB).

What are the requirements?

I.S. EN 1090-1 requires a number of actions to be in place, many of the requirements may already be routine practice within an enterprise that already operates a quality management system, with some specifics such as:

  • Purchasing systems will need to buy only CE Marked sections, bolts and welding consumables.
  • Designers will identify the execution class of the product, as defined in the companion standard I.S. EN 1091-2, which is determined by the potential risk to the public if the component or structure fails.  The designers will also need well-defined specifications for components and kits.
  • Prototypes will be produced and subjected to initial type testing.  Where type testing is impractical, for example on bespoke designs, the company can use calculations to serve the same purpose.
  • Type testing is used to define Key Control Checks.  These are monitored within a quality control system, called Factory Production Control (FPC).  The FPC system also covers design and drawing controls; competence and training of staff; equipment maintenance & calibration; control of non-conforming product & keeping of records.
  • Where welding is part of the process, a Welding Quality Management system is needed and this must conform to I.S. EN ISO 3834.  The company should either employ, or have access to, a Responsible Welding Coordinator to control their welding quality management system.

What products are covered?

 How is compliance addressed?

Market survellience has been delegated by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to the Local Authorities to ensure compliance.  Under S.I. 225 of 2013 and it is a criminal offence to supply structural metalwork after the 1st of July 2014 unless it conforms to this standard and carries a legitimate CE mark.  Penalties for breaches of the CPR include fines and imprisonment.

Market survellience has been delegated by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to the Local Authorities to ensure compliance

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