EN 1090 is a harmonized standard that determines the requirements for the evaluation of conformity of structural steel and aluminum.
EN 1090 consists of 3 parts:
Since 1st July 2013, all construction products commercialized in the European market must comply with Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and be CE marked.
All companies with selling activities in the European Union must comply with EN 1090-1 and certify their production facility with a Factory Production Control (FPC) system.
For certification, you need to apply for an assessment for a specific execution class by a notified body.
The certification process spans over the following steps:
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EN 1090 concerns all manufacturers of metallic parts or kits (beams, hollow sections, bridges, grates, metallic grids, stairs, guardrails etc.) that are used as construction products in buildings, bridges, towers/pylons, silos or photovoltaic bases.
Railway sleepers and suspended ceilings are excluded from this standard.
EN 1090 standards have 4 defined execution classes (EXC), which each hold their own set of requirements. A structure’s execution class is defined by the engineering effort that is needed to implement the design parameters. The classes include:
Manufacturing construction stakeholders must comply with the requirements of the new EN 1090 standards to obtain the CE Marking for their structures and put them on the European market. Without the CE Marking, stakeholders face potential legal consequences for any damage caused by these structures.
Under the new requirements, manufacturers must prove the conformity of their products through type testing and the certification of their Factory Production Control (FPC) by a third-party Notified Body before issuing a Declaration of Performance.
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