EN 1090 – a new certification from 1 July 2014

On 1 July 2014 the EN 1090 standard comes into effect. However, many companies have still not become certified in accordance with it.
"The most important thing is that they've started the process and are in the system," says Ieva Kisieliute, a lawyer at the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket). She attended a seminar about EN 1090 at Elmia Welding & Joining Technology.

EN 1090 is a result of the EU Construction Products Regulation, which a couple of years ago replaced the Construction Products Directive. The Construction Products Regulation, which came into being to facilitate the trading of construction products in the EU countries plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey, means that construction products covered by a harmonised standard since 1 July 2013 must have a CE mark and a Declaration of Performance (DoP).
Exactly one year later, from 1 July 2014, it will also be mandatory for workshops and entrepreneurs that manufacture and supply building products – structural components and steel kits – to a building site to be certified according to EN 1090.
During the past six months Boverket has received many questions about this new certification requirement.
"We have no statistics but given how many questions are coming in, I would say that a great many are doing it right now. Perhaps not all of them will be ready by 1 July but the main thing is that they're underway," Kisieliute says.

EN 1090 is regardless of company size, which means that the requirements are the same whether it is a micro company or a large one. However, subcontractors cannot be certified if they do not themselves offer products to the market under their own name or brand. Some confusion has arisen about this, Kisieliute says.
"It is the manufacturer who is also responsible for ensuring that the subcontractor has the necessary control of the production process," she says.

If Boverket discovers during a market inspection that a construction product does not meet the requirements of the Construction Products Regulation, Boverket will require the economic party involved to adjust the product or withdraw it from the market. In extreme cases there may also be a recall from the end user.