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CE Marking of fabricated steelwork extended

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Following pressure from European steelwork contractor groups, the co-existence period for CE Marking of fabricated steelwork, EN 1090-1, has been extended by two years from 1 July 2012 to 1 July 2014.

This extended timing will mean that CE Marking of fabricated steelwork covered by EN 1090-1 will not be a legal requirement in member states, including the UK and the Republic of Ireland (RoI) until this later date.

The CE Marking standards for open sections (BS EN 10025-1), closed sections (tubes) (BS EN 10210-1 and BS EN 10219-1) and structural bolts (BS EN 15048-1 and BS EN 14399-1) are already in force and CE Marking for these products will be a legal requirement in all member states from 1 July 2013.

Also from 1 July 2013 CE Marking will be a legal requirement for proprietary construction products that are covered by a European Technical Assessment (ETA). To comply with the law, the BCSA would advise steelwork contractors to change their purchasing requirements and buy either CE Marked construction products after 1st July 2013 or in the case of non-CE marked products to buy only those products that were placed on the market prior to the 1st July 2013.

“Most steelwork contractors have already put systems in place for CE Marking and we strongly recommend that all BCSA members continue with these plans regardless of the extension,” said BCSA Director of Engineering Dr David Moore.

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