Steadmans is complying with a new law that makes it mandatory for structural steelwork supplied in European Union (EU) member states to carry a CE mark

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 is a criminal offence to supply relevant steelwork without it.

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

“A wide range of organisations have been 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 are enforcing the new law. They are able to stop a business selling and withdraw affected products it has supplied after the implementation date, until it demonstrates 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. It applies to Steadmans’ single skin cladding profiles range.