CE marking for all construction products covered by a harmonised European standard or conforming to a European Technical Assessment became mandatory on 1 July 2013. For fabricated structural steelwork, CE marking became mandatory on 1 July 2014.
This change represents a major development for engineers, contractors and steelwork specialists as, under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), new legal obligations have been placed on manufacturers, distributors and importers of construction products.
The requirements of the CPR and CE marking apply to construction products used on a project irrespective of whether that project was designed to National Standards or to Eurocodes.
For fabricated structural steelwork, engineers, contractors and steelwork contractors should have amended their specifications accordingly to ensure only CE marked products are used on their projects.
With the introduction of CE marking, what are the implications for those in the supply chain, for the client/main contractor, the structural engineer and steelwork contractor?