The new 2018 Technical Construction Regulations went into effect on March 22. The new regulations change the responsibilities of architects and supervisors of work, which is why so many educational initiatives are under way and there is so much demand for CE products. What distinguishes the CE mark issued under EN 1090 from the CE mark issued under ETA?
There is a radical difference:
- EN1090 was created for steel products for which the design and construction of details are known. The architect may appoint the manufacturer but can, if they wish, check the product calculations and production methods, because the state of the art is known. EN1090 CE certification is issued by the manufacturer, who is in turn EN1090 certified and audited annually by an external certifying body.
- The ETA is a document approved at the European level describing the product’s behaviour in relation to the EAD standard for this type of product. EAD is a European document identifying the tests to be conducted and the assessment methods, including the safety coefficients to be adopted. The EAD is prepared by a commission of national organisations, representatives of individual Member States, for products which are not represented in European standards. The manufacturer who owns the ETA is obliged to comply with the certificate inspected annually by the government organisation, which in Italy is ITC-CNR