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EN 1090-1 for Structural metalwork

From July 1st 2014 it has been a legal requirement for most primary and secondary load-bearing metalwork supplied into construction to be CE marked using the EN 1090-1 standard.  Now that the Brexit transition period is over, CE marks are being superseded by UKCA marks in Great Britan.

This legal obligation applies to fabricators, component manufacturers, material processors (such as bending, heat-cutting, galvanizing, drilling) and importers.


UKCA, UKNI & CE marking of structural metalwork with EN 1090-1

Since 2014 it has been a legal requirement to CE mark structural metalwork. From January 1st 2021 CE marking is replaced by a UKCA mark in mainland Britain and supplemented by a UKNI mark in Northern Ireland. In order to apply the appropriate mark to structural metalwork a company needs a Factory Production Control system that conforms to the European wide standard EN 1090-1 that takes into account other standards such as the welding quality management system ISO 3834 and that has been externally assessed by a competent third party known as a Notified Body in Europe and an Approved Body in the UK.

EN 1090-1 is a quality management system for structural metalwork that is used to manage a job from development of a design brief with a customer, through to final approval for shipping, so that the metalwork meets the customer’s expectations and is structurally sound. Certification by an Approved Body demonstrates that all essential health & safety requirements have been considered.

How Construction Certification works with clients on certification of structural metalwork

  • Project manage the development of the Factory Production Control system
  • Gap analysis against EN 1090-1, ISO 3834 and related standards to identify ways in which the client already conforms to the standards any further actions that are needed.
  • Review existing business systems and develop any additional documents and procedures needed to conform to EN 1090-1
  • Coordinate the qualification and training of welder/fabricators and the Responsible Welding Coordinator.
  • Advise on Approved Bodies that are a good fit with the size and scope of the client
  • Monitor and chase progress to keep the project on track
  • Provide coaching for the team to prepare them for the certification process
  • Support the client through the certification process, to ensure a successful outcome

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