Next Phase Of CE Marking Demands For Structural Metalwork

 With the introduction of CE marking from 1st July 2014 the provisions place a duty on suppliers to ensure “series” manufactured structural metal components or kits, made in the UK or imported, to which a harmonised European standard applies, carry a legitimate CE mark.  

By “series”, the regulations mean activities organisations carry out more than once. Special, one-off commissions are exempt. 

A wide range of organisations is affected by the requirements, including: structural steelwork kit or component importers; stockholders and metal processors who modify stock, such as by drilling, painting or bending; and makers of metal components or kits used structurally in civil engineering. 

Alan Scupham, Technical Manager at Steadmans’, explained: “Harmonised European standard BS EN 1090-1:2009 applies to structural steelwork and it will therefore be a criminal offence to supply this unless it carries a legitimate CE mark.

“The provisions will be enforced by trading standards authorities, who will be able to stop a business selling and withdraw any affected products it supplied after the implementation date until it demonstrates compliance.

“This will be expensive for offending companies, as they’ll be unable to trade during the long period needed to implement BS 1090-1 and will have to bear the cost of product recalls and fines. In certain instances fines and restrictions may be severe and imposed directly on company directors.

Alan said: “CE marking will testify to the properties and performance of relevant products, confirming they have been manufactured, tested and assessed to European standards. It will ensure manufacturers not only design products to the required quality but have factory production control systems meeting European standards.”

The forthcoming provisions follow the compulsory CE marking of construction products covered by a harmonised technical specification from 1 July 2013. Like this year’s changes, this was required by the Construction Products Regulation, which has become European law and adopted by every member state.

Steadmans’ products affected by this year’s changes were  single skin cladding profiles and AS35 composite panels. The company now supplies certification of CE marking for these items with invoices, where required, and will ensure all its relevant output, including purlins and rails, complies with the new rules before July’s deadline.

If you’re interested in understanding more about CE and how it affects you, please contact: Steadmans’ on 016974 78277.