EN 1090-1 Certification
THE MARKING OF STRUCTURAL METAL AND STEELWORK
CE marking for steel structures and components has become mandatory in the UK, under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). It is now a criminal offence to supply a steel structure or steel components without a CE mark, anyone caught doing so may be punished with hefty fines or even face prosecution. To apply the CE mark, manufacturers, contractors and fabricators will need to demonstrate compliance with BS EN 1090-1 Part 1: Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures and part 2 (for steel structures) or part 3 (for aluminium structures).
If your organisation is involved in the manufacture of structural metal components or kits, you now need to demonstrate that your products comply with BS EN 1090-1 as well as prove product conformance through mandatory CE marking. Compliance will allow you to continue selling your products within the European Union.
What is EN 1090-1 Certification
The BS EN 1090-1 is a CE (European Conformity) marking of structural metal and steelwork. It was introduced in July 2014 and it aims to co-ordinate and increase the safety performance of construction products and materials across the EU. This applies to any product placed in the market whether manufactured or imported into the EU.
The CPD certification service defines six principles which must be adhered to for materials that are to be used in engineering projects and products:
- Mechanical resistance & stability
- Safety in case of fire
- Hygiene, health & the environment
- Safety in use
- Protection against noise
- Energy economy & heat retention
It is now illegal to supply structural metalwork unless it conforms to these standards. If your business is accredited with ISO9001 then the business processes will already have shown an element of compliance with the requirements of 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.
How EN 1090-1 Benefits your business
It is now the law to have BS EN 1090-1 in place, your business products will not achieve a CE mark unless you can prove that they have been manufactured under an FPC (Factory Production Control) system which meets the requirements of ISO9001 or a similar quality management system. The accreditation can bring many benefits to your business including:
- Reduced Waste
- Ensure the effective use of resources
- Deliver enhanced customer satisfaction
- Conform to legal safety requirements
Help with ES 1090-1 Certification
Jeff Ayres & Associates have countless experience in assisting businesses in construction & relating trades to administer quality management systems. As a result of our guidance we an reduce the time and cost required to achieve this necessary certification for your business. We can guide you through every step of the process of meeting this legal requirement. If your business is well run and has ISO9001 in place, then it is highly likely that your everyday processes will have already shown an element of compliance with the requirements of BS EN 1090-1. The ISO9001 was updated in 2015 to create a more streamlined and compact certification titled ISO9001:2015.