EN 1090

UKCA Marking of Steel Structures & BS EN 1090

Gain CE / UKCA Marking BS EN 1090 with TL Safety Ltd – Bolton and throughout the UK

CE Marking (European Market)
TL Safety can assist you to gain CE / UKCA / or NI Marking accreditation for your fabricated structural steelwork and aluminium structures. From the 1st July 2014, many fabricated products had to be CE Marked and certified to BS EN 1090 to be traded on the European market. In the UK the Construction Products Regulations mandated this from the 1st July 2014 but CE Marking will no longer apply to products placed on the GB Market or the Northern Ireland market.

UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) Mark
​Following departure from the EU a new conformity assessment scheme (UKCA) will apply to products placed on the GB market (England, Scotland and Wales). This will apply to fabricated structural steelwork and aluminium structures.

Fabricated structural steelwork and aluminium structures being provided to the Northern Ireland market will now require the UKNI mark.

What does UKCA Marking mean for you?

To achieve 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. 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).

A Welding Quality Management system in line with the appropriate part of BS EN ISO 3834 must be in place. The company should either employ or have access to a Responsible Welding Coordinator in accordance with BS EN ISO 3834 to control their welding quality management system for structures that meet execution class EXC2, 3 and 4.

BS EN 1090-2: 2008 Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures part 2 – Technical requirements for the execution of steel structures, outlines what is required to ensure steel structures and components meet adequate levels of mechanical resistance, stability, serviceability and durability.

The standard sets out four Execution Classes (EXC’s). These classes are based on the end use of the structure and how critical it would be if it failed:
EXC1 – e.g. Agricultural buildings
EXC2 – e.g. Residential or Commercial structures
EXC3 – e.g. Bridges
EXC4 – e.g. Special structures (long-span bridges etc.)

How Can TL Safety Assist

TL Safety will visit your premises to conduct a gap analysis to highlight areas of improvement or non-compliance and assist in helping you to understand the requirements of EN 1090. Following our initial visit, we will prepare your Factory Production Control (FPC) manual and documentation in order to meet the requirements of either UKCA/ CE or UKNI Marking along with your welding quality management system. We will also assist you to obtain quotations from a notified body who will certify your FPC Manual and audit your processes to ensure that you meet the required standard.

We will help you to obtain suitable welding procedures for your welding processes, assist you with training for your Responsible Welding Co-ordinator (if needed) and guide you in any other requirements to enable you to meet the requirements of EN 1090. Prior to your certification audit we will carry out a final check by undertaking a pre-surveillance audit to identify any non-conformance and to make sure that you are fully prepared for your certification audit. Should you request us to do so, we will attend your certification audit. TL Safety will support you from the beginning to the end of the process.

Transition from CE Marking to UKCA Marking

If you already have an EN 1090 system in place that is certified to the CE Marking standard for structural steel structures or aluminium structures but need to obtain UKCA Marking then we can assist you to make the required changes to your FPC Manual and documentation which generally are only minor.

If you only intend to supply to the GB market, you will only need UKCA Marking but if you intend to supply to the European Market as well, you will still require CE Marking which means that you need to be dual certified.

Likewise, if you are going to supply to the Northern Ireland market as well as the GB market you will also require UKNI marking. 

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