From 1st July 2014 it was compulsory that all new structural steelwork is CE marked. This is to certify that the fabricated structural steelwork complies with all relevant European Union standards and regulations.
Under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), new legal obligations have been placed on manufacturers, distributors and importers of construction products used within the EU to CE Mark their products where they are covered by a harmonized standard. This applies not only to constituent products (such as steel beams, bolts etc.) but also to fabricated elements and systems made from CE Marked products. In the UK, penalties for non-compliance include suspension notices, prohibition notices, notices to warn, and application for forfeiture. For certain offences the penalties may include a fine, imprisonment or both.
The harmonized standard covering fabricated structural steelwork is BS EN 1090: Execution of steel structures and aluminum structures.