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A Finnish objection delaying the CE Marking of fabricated structural steelwork has been resolved at a meeting in Brussels between the European Commission and CEN.

It was agreed that the harmon-ised standard will be revised and EN 1090-1 will be included with the next batch of standards to be cited in the European Union’s Official Journal. The responsible committee CEN/TC135, will initiate a revision that tackles the concern raised by Finland.

“This will probably happen in October this year,” said Dr David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering. “It is therefore anticipated that CE Marking of fabricated structural steelwork will come in to force towards the end of 2010 or early 2011.”

CE Marking of fabricated steelwork was due to come into force this month (May), but has now been delayed as a result of the formal objection raised by Finland.

The Finnish objection relates to the serviceability characteristics of fabricated steelwork. While most European countries are happy for the client and the engineer to agree  suitable serviceability limits, in Finland the serviceability limits are part of their Building Regulations.

As with all CE Marking stan-dards there is a period of co-existence with the existing national standards. The object of this transition period is to allow steelwork contractors and Notified Bodies to gradually adopt the factory production control systems required for CE Marking.

After the transition period CE Marking of structural steelwork will become mandatory in most European countries. Although CE Marking is not mandatory in the UK the simplest way to comply with the UK’s Construction Products Regulations 1991 is to ensure that all fabricated structural steelwork is CE Marked after 2011 or early 2012.

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