Construction Products Regulations (CPR)
Construction Products Regulations (CPR)

As of July 1st 2014 any manufactured structural/steel construction and its constituent components or kits that have been either made in the UK or imported, shall comply to the harmonised European standards.   


The harmonised European standard that applies to structural metalwork is BS EN 1090-1:2009 + A1:2011.  


Under European mandate, it could be considered a criminal offence to supply or purchase structural metalwork after the 1st of July 2014, unless it conforms to this standard and carries a legitimate CE mark. 


As a manufacturer, you shall be required change whether yo need to comply by law to be BS EN 1090 compliant. Failure could result in criminal charges or removal of the structure at your own cost.
There is a lot of confusion as to what is in scope and what is not.


Myth - Architectural balustrades are exempt -

Myth - Site work is not part of the standard, not strictly true  - whilst the majority of EN1090 revolves around your factory production control systems . If you design a project - that is not complete until the install is complete then you will require procedures for monitoring the install . You CE Mark your construction ( completed fabricated item - ie : staircase ) . Site welding also needs to be considered under EN3834 - which dependant on the purpose of the weld may require welder qualifications to EN287/9606 .If as part of your design you have to insitu weld balcony brackets to accept your new Balcony, its not a separate CE Mark it is part of the design and therefore requires monitoring and testing.

Do not rely on your client to tell you whether a project requires CE Marking . If it is in the building , construction or civil engineering sector and is required to take a load it will almost definitely require CE Marking.

ie: A balustrade with a fall behind will currently require a CE Mark

A demarcation rail around say a play ground may not require a CE Mark

Ensure you are aware of you legal obligations under CPR

A 9001 management system will not allow you to CE mark

9001 and 1090 have a few comparable elements but EN1090 is legislative and your 9001 will require you to meet your statutory and regulatory requirements. 


Who does it affect? 

If you are a Steel Fabricator that fabricates primary or secondary steelwork, you may be required to be compliant. This will include load bearing structures from Bridges, Stadia, working and access platforms, staircases, balustrades, railings, fencing, security grills and manually operated roller shutter doors.