The ETA-route: A success for European consumers and businesses alike

Stimulation to develop into technological leadership: The European anchor manufacturers are worldwide market leaders with the most innovative and reliable products. Compared to other regions, the European anchor industry has the biggest variety of manufacturers including a lot of SMEs, which use ETAs for their innovative products in the same way as bigger companies. More than 7.700 ETAs based on 439 EADs have been issued already until 2019.

ETAs stand for quality worldwide: ETAs have a good reputation worldwide. Important Non-European countries (Australia, Singapore, India, China, Japan, Hongkong, Korea, etc.)  recognize ETAs for construction products (e.g. fastening systems) as accepted documents when national documents are not available. Some countries take reference to European EADs in an explicit way. This enables European manufacturers to sell their product in a lot of third countries without additional testing or assessment.

Safety in construction: Unlike in other countries there has been no major failure of fastening applications in Europe, qhich proves the quality of the ETA product assessment procedures.

The EAD/ETA route is suitable for manufacturers of all sizes: The close cooperation between the manufacturer and a Technical Assessment Body and the confidentiality during the development of an EAD/ETA makes the ETA-route a perfect tool also for SMEs to demonstrate the reliability of their products, to simplify the distribution throughout the EU and worldwide and to maintain competitive advantages. After the publication of the new EADs, this knowledge is free to be used by any other manufacturers to apply for own ETAs.

More details on the need to keep the ETA-route is available for you in Construction Fixing Europe´s Position Paper on the revision of the EU Construction Products Regulation.