C E Marking - EN 1090 Certification - What you Need to Know
The EN 1090 standards are the European Standards that regulate the fabrication and assembly of steel and aluminium structures. The standards are recognised by the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR) which was established in order to remove technical barriers to trade in construction products between Member States of the European Union. The directive seeks to ensure the free movement of all construction products within the EU by harmonizing the national laws governing the essential requirements applicable to these products in terms of health and safety. There is an additional practical objective too, as standardising the manufacture of construction products will encourage unlimited use of these products within the EU.
EN 1090 replaced any nationally applicable regulations and is composed of the three following parts:
- EN 1090-1: Requirements for conformity assessment for structural components (CE Marking)
- EN 1090-2: Technical requirements for the execution of steel structures
- EN 1090-3: Technical requirements for the execution of aluminium structures
Last year the latest and most up to date requirements of the Construction Products Regulations came into force. This means that any structural steel or aluminium products must bear the CE Mark – it is now totally illegal to place fabricated structural steel or aluminium products on the market unless they fully comply with the requirements.
What You Need to Do
- EN 1090 requires that you have a quality management system (QMS) in place
- You will also need to ensure that you have a factory control plan (FCP)
The above two documents will detail exactly how to control the process and the products you provide. You will need to demonstrate that the systems comply with ISO9001 and EN 1090 and have the records that can be used to prove this.
There are companies that will help fabricators and manufacturers of all sizes to meet ISO standards and gain the necessary certification for their products. A team of experts will work closely with the company to understand the individual processes, issues and challenges they face in order to improve efficiency and productivity. These companies offer consultancy services and create solutions designed around your particular business needs – some also offer training to your personnel in order to deliver cost effective solutions and enhanced compliance.
Any organisation covered by CPR will need to show that they comply with EN 1090 and gain the necessary certification by a third party (a notified inspection body, NB). Here in the UK, all NBs must themselves by accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Most efficiently run manufacturers of structural metalwork will already have in place the elements necessary to conform to EN 1090-1 and be able to demonstrate how the standards are met, rather than having to completely overhaul their fabrication processes and may just need a little organisational help in order to comply.