UKCA / CE Marking

 

CE marking for all construction products, covered by a harmonised European standard or conforming to a European Technical Assessment became mandatory in the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013. For fabricated structural steelwork, CE marking became mandatory in the EU on 1 July 2014. This represented a major development for engineers, contractors and steelwork specialists and demanded careful attention to the new obligations imposed by the EU Construction Products Regulation, which was the legal basis for the new regime.

CE marking is now familiar to most construction professionals and continues for products placed on the EU market, which includes the Republic of Ireland. However, now that the United Kingdom (UK) of Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI) has left the EU a new system of UK Conformity Assessed marking (UKCA marking) has been introduced.

For fabricated structural steelwork, engineers, contractors and steelwork contractors should have amended their specifications to require that only UKCA marked (or CE marked until 30 June 2025) products are used on their projects in GB.

The UK designated standard covering fabricated structural steelwork is BS EN 1090 which is the same as the current European harmonised standard. All fabricated structural steelwork delivered to a site in GB must be UKCA marked (or CE marked until 30 June 2025) against BS EN 1090-1

BS EN 1090 gives Requirements for Conformity Assessment of Structural Components. It describes how manufacturers can demonstrate that the components they produce meet the declared performance characteristics (the structural characteristics which make them fit for their particular use and function).

BS EN 1090 gives Technical Requirements for Steel Structures. It specifies the requirements for the execution (fabrication and erection) of steel structures to ensure adequate levels of mechanical resistance and stability, serviceability and durability. It determines the performance characteristics for components that the manufacturer must achieve and declare through the requirements of BS EN 1090.

CE marking compliance became a condition of membership of the BCSA from 1 July 2014. BCSA now requires members to be compliant with the marking schemes in GB, NI and Ireland as appropriate. This means that selection of any BCSA Member company will guarantee that the steelwork contractor will have the necessary certification to comply with BS EN 1090. Clients and main contractors will therefore continue to have confidence in the complete supply chain for steel construction from manufacture of the steel sections through distribution to fabrication and erection on site.

We are a UKCA/CE accredited company conforming to BS EN 1090: Execution Class 2. Our certificate can be viewed by clicking the UKCA symbol below.

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