Under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) 2013, CE marking of construction products placed in the market where the product is covered by a harmonised European standard (hEN) became mandatory.
On 1st of July 2013, it became a legal requirement under the CPR for load-bearing steel and aluminium structures or structural components to be CE marked as per the requirements of EN 1090 (Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures) before they can be placed in the European market, including the UK market. The standard covers fabricated steel and aluminium components for ‘permanent incorporation into construction works’. It includes components used directly in construction, those sold as kits for construction, and those used in composite steel and concrete products. It applies to both series and non-series products.
To CE mark load-bearing steel and aluminium structures or structural components, a manufacturer must first obtain a Factory Production Control (FPC) certificate issued by a Notified Body (NB) such as the BBA. This provides assurance that the factory production control is suitable to manufacture the components in accordance with the requirements of EN 1090.
We are a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited Certification Body (No 0113) and notified by the European Commission to issue FPC Certificates in line with EN 1090 on successful assessment. We can carry out both the initial inspection of the factory and factory production control and the continuous surveillance and assessment of FPC systems, as required by the standard.