How to obtain an ETA

The road to an ETA

There are nine stages in the process of obtaining an ETA. You can read about the stages here. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  1. The Applicant completes an application form and the BBA confirms whether or not what the applicant wants is suitable for an ETA – the BBA may provide guidance.

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  3. The Applicant submits further technical information about the product. The BBA may complete or compliment technical requirements by referring to test methods etc.

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  5. The applicant and the BBA determine the characteristics and expected performance of the product in question.

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  7. The BBA draws up an application and a work programme within EOTA.

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  9. The Applicant confirms that their co-operation with the BBA for the work may continue.

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  11. The BBA draws up an EAD. The applicant comments on the final draft of the EAD.

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  13. The applicant commissions the relevant tests.

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  15. The EAD is circulated around all TABS. The TABS agree to accept the final draft and mutually adopt/accept the technical assessment.

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  17. The BBA creates an evaluation report and a draft of the ETA. Both the applicant and EOTA comment on the report.

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  19. Once approved by the Applicant, the BBA issue the ETA. The ETA is published on the BBA & EOTA websites.

General conditions

European Technical Assessments are the documented assessment of the performance of a construction product, in relation to its essential characteristics, in accordance with the respective European Assessment Document.

A European Technical Assessment is necessary to enable manufacturers of construction products to draw up a declaration of performance for a construction product which is not covered or not fully covered by a harmonized standard. Applying for a European Technical Assessment is not a legal obligation.

All European Technical Assessments issued by The BBA are available for download on this web site.

The BBA’s regulation specifies that for European Technical Assessments issued by the BBA, the ETA-holder must inform the BBA immediately when:

  • The content of the issued European Technical Assessment does not any longer correspond to the product-type.
  • The subject of the European Technical Assessment does no longer comply with legal and regulatory provisions and/or that the product no longer complies with the provisions of the European Technical Assessment.

Consequently, The BBA may withdraw the European Technical Assessment text from the BBA website and consider the European Technical Assessment as having been withdrawn by the ETA-holder.

Unless the ETA-holder requests the continued publication on the the BBA website, the BBA will withdraw ETA texts from its list of issued European Technical Assessments 5 years after the issuing thereof.

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