Information on UKCA marking in line with BS EN 1090 The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) was created in March 2011 to legally enforce the European Construction Products Directive (CPD).
Under the CPR, from 1st July 2014, all fabricated structural steel must carry the UKCA (formally CE) Mark. The UKCA Mark is an indication of compliance with an appropriate manufacturing standard for a product and is a promise of quality, safety, and reliability. In the UK, non-compliance with this is a criminal offence.
Do Welders need UKCA marking? UKCA marking is mandatory for Execution Class 2 and above if you are fabricating structural components for use within the UK. For structural steel fabrication, all engineers, main contractors, and steelwork contractors need to ensure that every component used for a project complies with the requirements of BS EN 1090-1.
How can you comply with BS EN 1090-1? To comply with BS EN 1090-1, companies need to establish a system called Factory Production Control (FPC). This system monitors everything from the first contact with a customer, right through to the final inspection. After putting the FPC in place, a third party, known as an Approved bodies (AB) must certify the FPC. These ABs must be accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) Additionally, BS EN 1090-1 requires that welding personnel are suitably qualified (often referred to as ‘coded’), and procedures are used for all welding activities.
How can InCon help you with UKCA marking? We provide a convenient service where you can qualify company welding procedures in accordance with BS EN ISO 15614 series, and qualify welding personnel in accordance with the relevant British standards. Currently, this is BS EN 9606 series, as noted in BS EN 1090-1.