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MPA clarifies CE ruling

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The MPA wants to make it clear that, although it is commonly said that CE marking of all construction products became mandatory as of 1 July 2013, this is not the case for ready-mixed concrete and some other construction materials.

The MPA explains that only products with a harmonised standard or European Technical Approval/Assessment can be CE marked. Ready-mixed concrete does not have a harmonised standard and nor is it likely to in the future; therefore it cannot be CE marked. The harmonised European standard for reinforcement is pending, so again will not be CE marked from 1 July.

A listing of all harmonised standards is available here.

The MPA notes that, in most cases, CE marking has little to do with quality. The association recommends purchasing ready-mixed concrete from suppliers with third party accreditation, such as QSRMC or BSI. For assurance of quality reinforcement, the MPA recommends specifying CARES certification.

Click here for general information, a briefing note for engineers and for information on the harmonised standards for concrete.

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