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Member states approve CE Marking standard

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The CE Marking standard for fabricated steelwork (BS EN 1090-1) has been approved by the majority of European Union member states and this harmonised standard will come into force on 1 January 2009.

“Normally harmonised standards have a one year period of co-existance when either the recommendations in the harmonised standard or national provisions may be used,” said Dr David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering.

The period of co-existance is to allow manufacturers, including steelwork contractors, to set up the necessary factory production control systems in readiness for CE Marking.

“However, following representation by the steelwork industry CEN has agreed to extend this period,” added Dr Moore.

CE Marking of fabricated steelwork will not become mandatory in most member states until April 2010. This aligns it with the introduction of the Eurocodes and the withdrawal of conflicting national standards

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