Two weeks ago, the European Commission has published two documents that amend the European Union Construction Products Regulation. These documents were already adopted back in February 2014. One amendment (Commission Regulation 568/2014 of 27 May 2014) is regarding the assessment and verification of constancy of performance of construction products. The second amendment (Commission Regulation 574/2014 of 28 May 2014) introduces changes to the Declaration of Performance. The changes are quite significant. Let’s have a look.
The compliance assessment procedure of certain products with the Europeans standards, as laid down in their corresponding EU directive, may involve the notification of third-party, independent bodies. In the EU, such organisations are called Notified Bodies and their role is to evaluate whether the product complies with the relevant legislation in force.1) In this article I will discuss what the role and responsibilities of a Notified Bodies are.
In order to obtain an eligible end product, there are several steps that must be followed by the different participants of the entire proceeding: starting with the construction phase and ending with placing the product on the market. In this article we will focus on the responsibilities an engineer is subject to. The engineer should pursue the BS EN 1090-2 (the Technical Requirements for Steel Structures) requirements and specify the Execution Class for the structure as a whole, the components and the details. It is essential to note that in some cases, the components and details may have distinctive features. Thus, they have to be mentioned accordingly and separately.