The revision of the CPR enters the final stage with the trilogue negotitaions between the Europen Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. What can manufactures of non-standardised products with ETA expect from the new CPR?
In cooperation with CFE the Association Steel fibre Technology (AST) has published a bulletin on the current state of fixings with anchors in steel fibre concrete.
In the CPR draft the European Commission proposed that a first ETA based on a new or updated EAD should be in future issued only after the formal citation of this EAD in the Official Journal, which could be take up to some years. This will have a dramatic impact for the qualification and the time-to-market for new products and applications.
CFE is deeply concerned that the new concept will basically destroy the innovation momentum in the European construction industry.
From our point of view, the current sequence of the citation and publication of a final EAD after the first ETA based on this EAD is issued, should be maintained.
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On 30th March, the European Commission has published a proposal for the revision of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
CFE has contributed to the public consultation with the following core positions:
- CFE appeals to include EADs again in the definition of harmonised technical specifications, which would mean that they become also part of the new introduced Harmonised zone.
- CFE appeals to maintain the current practice of the publication and citation of EADs after the first ETA was issued, in order to maintain agility and momentum in the ETA process.
- CFE appeals to maintain the current regulation that a DoP and CE marking is required for products covered by an ETA.
- CFE appeals to allow the reference to more than one ETAs/EADs in a DoP, as this is the case for references on Harmonised technical specifications (Annex II 8.).
- CFE appeals to limit the influence of the European Commission on the EAD development process to clearly defined exceptional cases.
- CFE appeals to modify Annex III 6. in a way that member states are obliged to introduce national requirements in the EAD development process to make sure that EADs and ETAs cover all national requirements on the respective product.
- CFE appeals, that for cases, where the design methods for products covered by ETAs are not fully covered by Eurocode standards, the EAD format should allow to include information on specific design methods for the products covered by this EAD.
- CFE appeals to introduce conflict resolution mechanisms on EU level. The EU wide validity of such solutions would provide legal certainty for all stakeholders and a level playing field for all manufacturers.
After Brexit, the UKCA mark will replace the CE marking for construction products sold in England, Wales and Scotland.
What does this mean for construction products which are fully covered by a UK designated standard?
For such products, the UKCA marking is mandatory from 1st January 2022. The UK designated standards are identical to the harmonised European standards. (Note: This situation may change in future).
What does this mean for anchors and other construction products covered by Technical Assessments?
For anchors and other products covered by ETAs (European Technical Assessment), UKCA marking is voluntary (as it is the case with the CE marking). For such products, an UK Technical Assessment (UKTA) can be issued by manufacturers’ request. Such an UKTA is based on an UK Assessment Document (UKAD). Unless no UKTA is issued for a product, which is not covered by a standard, it is legal to sell it without UKCA marking in England, Wales and Scotland after the 31.12.2021. According to our information, the use of a CE marking for such products in the UK will not be prosecuted, because the CE marking has no legal meaning in the UK. Future UK construction laws or codes may require the use of UKCA marked anchors.
Which design method for anchors will apply in UK?
The Eurocode design standard BS EN 1992-4:2018 “Eurocode 2. Design of concrete structures. Design of fastenings for use in concrete”, which refers to ETAs, is still valid in the UK and can be used to design anchor applications, independent if the respective anchor is UKCA marked or not.
Will EADs and ETAs be converted into UKADs and UKTAs?
CFE is in close contact with BBA (British Board of Agrément) to clarify the conversion of EADs European Assessment Documents into UKADs (UK Assessment Documents) and of ETAs into UKTAs (UK Technical Assessments).
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The Fastener+Fixings Magazine has now published our article on standardization of anchors vs. EADs, see https://issuu.com/fastenerfixingmagazines/docs/ffm_120_november_2019/98
The ETA route to CE marking offers many construction product manufacturers a valuable alternative to CEN standardisation when no harmonised standard is available. This concerns mostly unique, innovative and complex products and systems placed on the market by SMEs. Over the past years, the ETA route to CE marking has been successful in stimulating the internal market for construction products, reducing technical barriers to trade, relieving administrative burdens and providing a common technical language to construction professionals across Europe. More than 4200 ETAs of more than 1300 different manufacturers are currently valid. A repeal of the ETA route would definitely result in increased costs which might lead to serious sales drops for concerned manufacturers, a significant
number of them being SMEs.
CFE, together with other European associations like the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), Construction Products Europe (CPE), Small Business Standards (SBS), Construction SMEs Europe (EBS), Engineered Construction Systems (ECS) and European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA), has signed an open letter to the SCC, the European Commission and members of the European Parliament which expresses the importance of the EOTA route in the context of the upcoming CPR revision.
In March 2017, CFE together with the European Engineered Construction Systems Association (ECS) has published a common Position Paper. This paper addresses the current situation regarding the issue of ETAs based on ETAGs and EADs. It aims to eliminate uncertainties and formal obstacles for the manufacturers in order to give them the opportunity to use ETAs as a way to CE marking for innovative products, as intended by the CPR.
Click here for download: CFE_ECS_Strengthening_the_ETA_route
The separate issues refer to
- Procedural aspects
- Involved institutions and
- Legal requirements.
The main issues are:
- Change from ETAGs to EADs
- Transition between EAD versions
- Availability of all EADs which are the basis for a valid ETA
- Availability of Notified Bodies for new or updated EADs
- Industry friendly amendment of the rules for DoPs for products covered by an ETA
- Modularity of EADs