Remember the UKCA Mark is here and here to stay and so is EN 1090.
The Construction Products Regulation (the CPR) and CE Marking will be accepted in the UK for 12 months and then bang! Its gone! Unless of course you are exporting to the EU.
The question is... how many UK based structural steel fabrication and welding firms export to the EU. Keep in mind, the UK Statutory Instrument, the law requires the "type approval" of the product, produced through an effective factory process. The latter validated by a Notified Body with reference to the construction products regulation, the NSSS guidelines and of course production control the BS 3834 compliance.
In the UK it is the UKCA Mark and BS 3834 and that will be our future. So, it's worth just getting on with reviewing your "factory production control" now to ensure compliance.
Those already with EN 1090 certification, this will be an easy flip-over into the BS 3834.
These Notified Bodies are listed by the EU. Our UKAS Accredited Notified Bodies will not be listed by the EU. Some of you may use a Notified Body that is Accredited by an EU country member Accreditation Body.
The question is... if the UKCA Mark is not recognized by the EU post 1st January 2021, then will your UK customers recognize your EU based Notified Body and their "type approval" of your product for the UK market? Probably not!
The Assessment Register is aiming to keep the UKCA Marking for structural steel and aluminium a simple matter; having in mind that we in the UK don’t generally have a problem with the structural steel and aluminium construction sector.
Our aim is to provide the necessary information examples and points reference to assist with your "factory production control" (FPC) Certification for your UKCA Mark - its here to stay.
The Certification Body or Notified Body that will visit to audit your factory will expect to view a "documented system" of procedures that support your FPC - how you process a job from enquiry through to completion and then provide a "declaration of performance".
Remember the law is the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the UK Statutory Instrument and this requires the UKCA Marking for "construction products". The later product produced through an FPC.
The sector is in fact self-regulating, through a system of supply chain integrity. Small and medium sized structural steel and aluminium enterprise owners understand their respective limitations and undertake contracts that are deliverable – its called self-preservation.