Fully compliant to CE regulations

The construction industry is facing one of the most significant changes for a decade as CE marking of construction products becomes mandatory in all Member States throughout the European Union and the European Economic Area. CE marking for all construction products, covered by a harmonised European standard or conforming to a European Technical Assessment will become mandatory from 1st July 2013, and a year later the 1st July 2014 for fabricated structural steelwork. This represents a major development for engineers, contractors and steelwork specialists and it demands careful attention to the new obligations imposed.

This supplement highlights how the steel construction sector has been working behind the scenes towards achieving CE marking. Perhaps more importantly, it spells out in detail what it will mean for the rest of the construction sector and what you need to do to comply with the Construction Products Regulation that is the legal basis for the new regime.

We at Kloeckner Metals UK would like to assure all our customers that we are fully compliant to CE regulation especially with regards to CE marking of products. We are governed by the requirements of the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) which add responsibility to both importer and distributor who must also ensure that the manufacturer has undertaken fully all that is required. This responsibility also extends to sample testing and working with enforcing authorities. Construction products regulation govern a whole range of products sold into permanent constructions. The lists of products are long and complex, many of our core products and processes are included. The CE Mark indicates that product has met with the ‘essential requirements’ of the appropriate part of the Construction Product Regulation.

From July 2014 CE Marking for some processes became mandatory in particular: Shot blasting, Painting, Drilling and Oxy, Plasma & Laser profiling, and whether we do the process ourselves, or sub-contract it , we are ultimately responsible as the seller. Many of Kloeckner Metals UK products used in construction are covered by CE marking. For these products we buy them from CE certified mills and operations must ensure that we maintain full traceability from receipt through to despatch. This includes ensuring that the test cert is complete & includes the suppliers CE mark.

Products not purchased today from CE sources are being reviewed by Product Management & Group Ops on an on-going basis.

We at Kloeckner Metals UK have a formal system for CE marking requirements for construction products. Verification to international standards including related harmonised standards and/or a European technical assessment (ETA) will also apply. All mainstream construction products are covered by harmonised standards and must therefore be CE marked.

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