On 1 July, 2014, CE marking became obligatory in accordance with the UNI EN 1090 standard under the European Regulation 305/2011 (CPR), which covers metal structures, in addition to the set of component products to be incorporated, which became permanently mandatory in construction operations.
The companies involved in the order to CE mark their products are those which carry steel and aluminum, or parts of them, and must be in compliance with the specific requirements set out in the Ministerial Decree of 14/01/2008 in paragraph 188.8.131.52. They can then identify a non-exhaustive list of some companies that fall within the legislative framework of the UNI EN 1090, i.e., companies that:
• work with steel or prestressed concrete;
• produce complete metal structures;
• perform works on metallic structures and/or parts of metallic structures;
• work with corrugated sheets;
• work with cold worked profiles;
• work with structural elements;
• perform a pre-processing of metallic structural elements;
• produce metallic carpentry in general;
• produce bolts, nails, and brackets.
Basically, the products covered by CE marking are among the most common in the construction of civil and industrial works, such as structures and components for the construction of factories, warehouses, bridges, cranes, and roofs.
The regulation provides that the work is designed and manufactured according to national regulations (LAW 1086/71, UNI EN 10025) and international (Eurocodes) so that the materials used are appropriate to ensure the compliance of the work itself.
The conformity assessment must be documented and demonstrated by:
• Initial Type Testing (ITT), which represents the complete series of tests, calculations made by the designer, and any other procedure adapted to determine the performance of representative samples of the product type;
• Factory Production Control (FPC), a permanent and documented internal control which must include regular inspections, testing and evaluation in order to use the results for the control of raw materials and the final product, and to ensure that the placing of the product on the market conforms with declared characteristics.
The benefits of CE Marking for the manufacturer are evident:
• free movement and selling of the product throughout the European community;
• consecutively operating in Europe;
• participation in public procurement;
• able to be entered into the company lists of preferred suppliers;
• quality controlled with certainty the production quality;
• improving the image of its product by CE Marking.
The Building Materials Control Center testing laboratory is able to perform tests and initial checks required by UNI EN 1090.
CAUTION! The fulfillment of requirements of the European standard UNI EN 1090, as stated in the Superior Council of Public Works Circular on 5 June 2014 does not exempt the designer, tester, Director of Works and ownership of work from the obligation of complying with the competent local technical offices as prescribed by Laws 1086/71 and 64/74, as well as by the Presidential Decree 380/01.
Centro Controllo Materiali Edili SRL would like to remind our clients that we proudly have over thirty years of experience in the tests prescribed in the aforementioned legislation.
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