BM TRADA has revealed that many steel manufacturers, contractors and fabricators remain unaware of the requirements placed on them by the introduction of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR).
On July 1, it became a criminal offence in the UK to supply a steel frame or structural steel components without a CE mark. Since the CPR requires formal processes in place for both the production and design of structural steel frames and components, which may take some time to implement, BM TRADA is urging companies to take action.
Mark Wilkinson BM TRADA Commercial Business Development Manager, Building and Product Services said, “CE marking for structural steel products requires manufacturers and fabricators to not only consider the performance of the product but also to take into account its end-use.
“Manufacturers/fabricators must produce a Declaration of Performance (DoP) for the steel frame or component/s as well as be in possession of a Factory Production Control (FPC) Certificate issued by a Notified Body, such as BM TRADA.
“The process of achieving a CE mark may take some time to achieve. While many companies will have suitable production systems in place, they may need guidance in how to formalise these to ensure they have a compliant factory production control (FPC) system.”