CE marking steel framed buildings, other steel structures and all fabricated steelwork is now compulsory throughout the EU. Many purchasers, users and clients are still not aware of the requirements, and as such put themselves at risk of procuring goods from fabricators and others in the supply chain who have not undergone EN 1090 certification. Falcon Steel Buildings is proud to supply only products that comply with CE marking of fabricated structural steelwork regulations.
What is CE Marking?
The CE Mark can only be applied to structural steelwork produced according to meets a certified factory production control system (FPC). CE stands for Conformitée Européenne or European Conformity. In building construction, CE Marking is a ‘passport’ enabling free movement of building products within the EEA and EFTA. CE marking of fabricated structural steelwork replaces local certificates and approvals with one set of harmonised requirements and procedures. CE marking steel framed buildings gives designers, contractors and buyers confidence that the materials and manufacturing process are EN1090 compliant. CE marking steel fabrication also ensures traceability, which improves accountability throughout the supply chain.
CE marking for structural steel steelwork is a legal requirement on steelwork made or imported into the EU. Since July 2014, CE Marking for structural steel steelwork for use in construction has been mandatory, making the sale or supply of steel framed buildings a criminal offence without CE Marking steel fabrication. The result: harmonisation of safety performance and increased traceability of construction products across the EU. Earning CE Marking for structural steelwork involves every member of the supply chain. Importers, designers, distributors and manufacturers, and their subcontractors, must all be certified as compliant. To earn CE marking for our fabricated structural steelwork, Falcon underwent a comprehensive audit of our FPC — Factory Production Control system — by a European Commission accredited certification body. CE marking requirements for structural steelwork are set out in EN 1090-1 and EN 1090-2, conformity assessment procedures.
CE Marking Steel Framed Buildings
There has been a lot confusion over whether CE Marking of cold rolled steel buildings is required. To get to the bottom of this, Falcon approached CE Marking structural steel consultants, Adeptus Consulting. A clear explanation of the terms of EN 1090, and the alternative route – ETAG025 certification – made it clear that suppliers of cold rolled kit buildings are indeed required to CE Mark standards. Unlike CE Marking of fabricated steelwork, the usual EN 1090 welding requirements do not apply to Falcon Steel Buildings, because our cold rolled construction method uses 100% bolted connections.
Under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), a certified factory production control system is required before CE Marking of structural steelwork can be applied. It provides the framework for conformity and transparency in materials, design, manufacturing — tolerances, welding — equipment and training.
With the help of our advisers Falcon is working in compliance with the CE Marking standards for steel structures and structural steelwork, and will achieve full EN 1090 certification before the first round of trading standards inspections expected to begin as the one year ‘grace period’ expires in July 2015. Please check back here for updates…