Businesses in the UK are facing one of the most significant changes in decades as the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU).
Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, the government will immediately introduce UK Conformity Assessed Marking (UKCA Marking) on exit day, although the CE Marking of construction products will still be permitted for a limited time period (currently unspecified). The legislation that will make this change has already been drafted and will become UK law if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
After a no-deal Brexit, UKCA or CE Marking remains mandatory for all construction products covered by a UK Designated Standard.
This includes fabricated structural steelwork, and engineers, contractors and steelwork specialists will need to understand their obligations and how the new UKCA Mark works.
The supplement presented here highlights how the steel construction sector can easily meet the requirements of UKCA Marking. It also spells out in detail what it will mean for the rest of the construction sector and the straightforward process that you need to follow in order to continue to comply with the Construction Products Regulation, which is the legal basis for both UKCA and CE Marking.
There will be no disruption to the regular supply of fabricated structural steelwork from accredited sources. And it has been mandatory for BCSA members to be compliant with CE Marking since the introduction of the harmonised standard for fabricated structural steelwork, BS EN 1090-1 on 1 July 2014. This will continue to be the case for UKCA Marking.
By using a BCSA Member steelwork contractor, clients, main contractors and insurers can be assured that due diligence has already been undertaken by the BCSA as part of their membership audit.