European Technical Assessments (ETA)

Under EU regulations, CE marking is mandatory for products covered by a New Approach directive, such as the Construction Products Regulation CPR, (EU) 305/2011, where a Harmonised product standard (ie one that has a ZA Annex) is cited in the Official Journal of the European Union. However, this can be an issue for new or innovative products not covered by harmonised European Standards (hENs).

To counter this, manufacturers can obtain CE Marking on a voluntary basis via a European Technical Assessment (ETA) and associated Assessment and Verification of Constancy of Performance (AVoCP).

The UK Government has designated the BBA to issue ETAs and to represent the UK in the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) for construction products. Once our team has led you through the programme, CE Marking can be secured and the product placed anywhere in the EU market.

An ETA is an approval based on testing carried out to agreed European levels. Where a product is completely new or innovative, testing may take the form of an individual assessment carried out under bespoke requirements detailed within a European Assessment Document (EAD).

Where a number of similar-type products have been tested over a period of time, EADs will have been developed and testing procedures will be more established and widely recognised.

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