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CE Certified

CE marking for structural steel to BS EN 1090-1 Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures

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As of 1st July 2014 under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), CE marking for structural steel to BS EN 1090-1 will become mandatory for products sold on the EU construction market. Therefore anyone designing and / or manufacturing steel frame or steel components for the European market, including the UK, must comply. Failure to do so can have serious consequences to you and your business.

What standard(s) do I need to CE mark against?

To achieve CE certification, manufacturers, contractors and fabricators will need to demonstrate compliance to BS EN 1090-1: 2009 + A1:2011 Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures part 1 – Requirements for conformity assessment of structural components.

The standard explains that all structural steel is safety critical and therefore all manufacturing will need to be carried out in a controlled manner. This means that the manufacturer / distributor must document and implement a Factory Production Control (FPC) system and have the system certified by a Notified Body. The manufacturer / distributor will also need to produce a Declaration of Performance (DoP). This is a legal document that must be produced by the manufacturer / distributor and supplied with the product(s) when placing it on the market.

What is a Factory Production Control(FPC) system?

Factory Production Control (FPC) is defined as a permanent and internal control of production exercised by a manufacturer / distributor. All the elements, requirements and provisions adopted by the manufacturer / distributor must be documented in a systematic manner in the form of written policies and procedures.

The FPC documentation ensures a common understanding of quality assurance and enables the achievement of
the required product characteristic and the effective operation of the production control system.

The FPC system shall define (but not be limited to): a.

  1. Organisation - responsibilities and management of the FPC system;
  2. Control procedures - manuals on procedures, documents and data control;
  3. Management of production - requiredset of procedures which constitute the FPC (identification and control of materials, control of storage and stock conditions, traceability of product throughout the process);
  4. Inspection and testing – qualified personnel, equipment, procedures and frequencies;
  5. Records - what needs to be recorded and kept;
  6. Control of non-conforming product: actions to be taken on non-conforming products and corrective actions to avoid replication;
  7. Transport and packaging
  8. Training of personnel: procedures to ensure appropriate training of personnel involved in the FPC.

An ISO 9001 System is deemed to satisfy the requirement for FPC, providing that it has incorporated the specific requirements of BSEN1090-1. However, having a certified ISO9001 system is not a requirement for CE marking.

Product Technical File

The manufacturer / distributor has to establish / draw up the product technical documentation required by the Regulation for the assessment of the product’s conformity to the relevant requirements. Together with the EC Declaration of Performance, the technical documentation must be made available when requested by the appropriate authorities.

What is a Declaration of Performance (DoP) and how do I produce one?

The Declaration of Performance (DoP) is a legal declaration made by the manufacturer / distributor
that the product was manufactured in accordance with, and conforms to, the requirements of the harmonised standard (BS EN 1090-1). The manufacturer, his authorised Representative or Distributor must produce a DoP before placing the product on the market.

Declaration of Performance

1. Product Type

2. Type, batch, serial number

3. Intended use

4. Name and address of Manufacturer

5. Name & address of Authorised Rep. (if applicable)

6. AVCP system

7. Number of hEN/ETAss, including year of publication

8. Name and number of Notified body

9. Declare performance

Harmonised Technical

10. Name of person making declaration

11. Designation

12. Signature

13. Place of issue

14. Date

Example of a Declaration of Performance (DoP)

Design Protocol

If the manufacturer / distributor is responsible for, or takes any responsibility for design, then they should have a design protocol in place as part of their documented procedures. This design protocol should outline all the steps undertaken in relation to design from the time an enquiry is received to the time fabrication drawings are produced.

Steel structures should be designed in accordance with Eurocodes. The design protocol should include, but not be limited to, handling of design assumptions, design methods, design calculations including any use of computer programs, and results of the calculations with demonstration of procedures for corrective actions to be taken in case of non-conformity.

Responsible Welding Coordinator(RWC)

Manufacturers / distributors of products falling within EXC2, 3 and 4 must have, or have access to, a Responsible Welding Co-ordinator (RWC) and all welding functions must be supervised / controlled by the RWC.

If the RWC fulfils the requirements of the following, then the competency requirements for an RWC is deemed to be met:

  • International Welding Engineer (IWE)
  • International Welding Technologist (IWT)

  • International Welding Specialist (IWS)

BM TRADA’s Position on RWC:

The manufacturer will need to demonstrate competence of their RWC by means of one of the following:

For EXC3 and EXC4:
  • IWT or IWE Qualification

    For EXC2
    • IWS Qualification
    • Relevant Diploma issued / recognised by International Institute of Welding (IIW)
    • Training - Certificate that specifies that the training covered the requirements of EN 1090-2; EN 14731& EN ISO 3834. The certificate must be issued by a nationally recognised or accredited body, or one that has been reviewed and deemed acceptable by BM TRADA

    The Auditing and Surveillance process

    As part of the certification process, an Initial Audit of the manufacturing facility must be carried out by a Notified Body (NB). The purpose of the audit is to assess the documented policies and procedures against the requirements of the standard(s) or technical specification(s).

    Once certification has been achieved surveillance audits will be carried out by the NB to ensure that the Factory Production Control System is operating satisfactorily. These surveillance audits are based on the intervals given in Table B.3 of EN 1090-1, reproduced below.

    Execution Class

    Intervals between inspections of the manufacturers FPC after the ITT (Years)

    EXC1 & EXC2


    EXC3 & EXC4


    How / where do I apply the CE mark?

    The manufacturer / distributor is responsible for creating
    a CE mark and applying it to their product. It must be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly on one or more of the following locations: the product, attached label, packaging, on the accompanying commercial documentation (such as delivery note) or the manufacturers / distributors published technical specifications.

    The format of the CE mark, as well as the information BS EN 1090-1:2009 that needs to be included to ensure traceability, is EN 1090-1:2009 (E) detailed in the Annex ZA of the Technical Specification (BS EN 1090-1)


    The CE marking Process

    6 Steps to CE Certification

    The six steps to CE marking are:

    1. Identify the harmonised standards and directives that apply to your product, BS EN 1090-1 and the CPR (Regulation No 305/2011)
    2. Identify / verify the product specific requirements
    3. Identify whether you require a Notified Body (NB) to carry out a Conformity Assessment. BM TRADA are a Notified Body for BS EN 1090-1
    4. Test your product to check conformity
    5. Draw up the Product Technical File

    6. Affix the CE mark and prepare the Declaration of Performance (DoP)


    BM TRADA provides CE marking certification for structural steel to BS EN 1090-1. We are a notified Body and can offer testing and certification for CE marking products under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

    BM TRADA also provide management certification for quality (ISO 9001), Health and Safety (OHAS 18001) and Environmental (ISO 14001)