Services - CE1090 RWC support for the construction industry

Are You Prepared for Changes to CE 1090 ?


Involved in structural steelwork? BS EN 1090-1 & CE marking a MUST!

BS EN 1090-1 will shortly become mandatory for all manufacturers involved in structural steelwork. This includes products such as steel sections, bolts, welding consumables and fabricated steel components that are used in building, bridges, highways or other civil engineering projects


PCB Inspection Services Ltd has been assisting structural steel manufacturers and fabricators before and after 1st  July 2014 in acheiving their CE marking for steel structures and components. This is now mandatory in the UK, under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and it is now a criminal offence to supply a steel frame or steel components without a CE mark.


To apply the CE mark, manufacturers, contractors and fabricators will need to demonstrate compliance with BS EN 1090, Parts 1 & 2: Execution of steel structures and aluminium structures.

BS EN 1090-1: Requirements for conformity assessment of structural components explains that, since all structural steel is seen as safety critical, manufacturers must document and implement a Factory Production Control (FPC) system and have the system certified by a notified body.

BS EN 1090-2: Technical requirements for steel structures, outlines what is required to ensure steel frames meet adequate levels of mechanical resistance, stability, serviceability and durability. The standard sets out four Execution Classes (EXCs):

•    EXC1 – e.g. Agricultural buildings
•    EXC2 – e.g. Residential or Commercial structures
•    EXC3 – e.g. Bridges
•    EXC4 – e.g. Special structures (long-span bridges etc.)

For EXC2, 3 and 4, all welding must be controlled by a Responsible Welding Coordinator (RWC) with proven competence, in accordance with the requirements of EN 14731 and the relevant part of EN ISO 3834. Manufacturers must supply a certificate that specifically states that the RWC is trained to these standards as proof of compliance.
In order to apply the CE mark, frame/component manufacturers, fabricators and contractors must be in possession of a Factory Production Control Certificate issued by a Notified Body,  as well as an appropriate Declaration of Performance for the steel frame or component/s.


PCB Inspection Services Ltd can help with your CE1090 Welding Qualification and Co-ordination requirements - we have previously helped and continue to support the following companies with this service;


  • Harry Marsh Engineers Ltd

  • Northern Structures Ltd

  • Chieftain Fabrications Ltd / R.Blacket Charlton Ltd

  • G.Nicholson Engineers Ltd

  • Robinsons (Scotland) Ltd

  • D&D Engineering Services Ltd