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BCSA launches CE Marked NSSS

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A fully CE Marked version of the fifth edition of the National Structural Steelwork Specification (NSSS) for Building Construction was launched at BCSA’s most recent national meeting.

At the meeting Dr. Roger Pope of the BCSA explained that this version is fully compliant with the new European standard for fabrication, BS EN 1090-2 and the CE Marking standard BS EN 1090-1. Furthermore this new version does not supersede the existing fifth edition of the NSSS which still remain current for those applications which do not require CE Marking.

The main changes are to Section 11 Quality Assurance which requires the steelwork contractor to have all the necessary facilities, skills, and quality management systems. In addition it stipulates that the steelwork contractor shall have a factory production control system certified by a Notified Body for compliance with BS EN 1090-1.

Other changes include simplified procedures for weld inspection and tables for weld inspection and acceptance criteria.

The references to British Standards have been updated throughout the specification.

Copies of the NSSS 5th Edition (CE Marking version) can be obtained from BCSA, price £25 inclusive of  postage & packing; telephone 020 7839 8566 or email

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