We are well on course to comply when CE marking becomes mandatory for structural steelwork supplied in European Union (EU) member states from July 1, 2014.

This requirement applies to all “series” manufactured structural metal components or kits made or imported into the EU, to which harmonised European standard BS EN 1090-1 applies. “Series” refers to activities organisations carry out more than once, so special, one-off commissions are exempt.

The CE mark testifies to relevant products’ properties and performance, confirming they have been manufactured, tested and assessed to European standards. It will be a criminal offence to supply relevant steelwork without it.

Alan Scupham, technical manager, Steadmans, said: “We’re working hard to ensure all our relevant output, including purlins and rails, complies with the new rules ahead of the deadline.”

“A wide range of organisations will be affected by the new requirements including: structural steelwork kit or component importers; stockholders and metal processors, who modify stock; and makers of metal components or kits used structurally in civil engineering.”

He added that trading standards authorities would enforce the new law. They would be able to stop a business selling and withdraw affected products it supplied after the implementation date, until it demonstrated compliance.

Alan said: “This could turn out to be expensive for offending companies, because they won’t be able to trade during the long period needed to comply with the new regulations and will have to bear the cost of product recalls and fines. In some cases, fines and restrictions will be severe and imposed directly on company directors.”

The new law follows changes introduced in July 2013, which made CE marking compulsory for construction products covered by a harmonised technical specification.

This regulation applied to our single skin cladding profiles range, which features six differing profiles to suit every application, plus AS 35 composite panels. We now supply certification of CE marking for all of these items with invoices, where required.

If you’re interested in understanding more about CE marking and how it affects you, please contact Steadmans.