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Upcoming meetings

  • Technical Board No. 29, 22 and 23 September 2020 (*)
  • General Assembly of EOTA, Brussels, 10 December 2020
  • Technical Board No. 30, Brussels, 15 and 16 December 2020
(*) Face-to-face meeting cancelled by coronavirus health crisis. Instead, alternative actions are carried out, such as written consultations, reduced meetings through WebEx, informative actions, depending on the nature of the topics to be dealt with.
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Held between 13 May and 13 July 2020

  • Technical Board No. 28, Brussels, 10 and 11 June 2020 (*)
(*) Face-to-face meeting cancelled by coronavirus health crisis. Instead, alternative actions are carried out, such as written consultations, reduced meetings through WebEx, informative actions, depending on the nature of the topics to be dealt with.
13/07/2020|

What is the characteristic propensity to undergo continuous smouldering?

This is a new essential characteristic that must be considered in Basic Requirement 2 Security in case of fire, in the Construction Products Regulation framework. It is a characteristic related to reaction to fire of the products classified according to EN 13501-1.

It is based on a phenomenon characteristic of some materials, whose composition could favour that, when exposed to fire and in certain conditions, a continuous smouldering without visible flame, at a relatively low temperature, moves through the body of the material.

This could result in secondary fire focuses. In numerous cases, fires apparently extinct have had re-ignitions due to these latent energy focuses, which remained masked because no flame was developed.

The continuous smouldering can happen, typically, in products or components

13/07/2020|

Elaboration of ETAs

Between 05.05.2020 and 08.07.2020, ITeC issued three ETA and has forty-six in process. The issued ETAs correspond to the following three EAD (see EOTA website, “Our Publications” section).

  • EAD 230145-00-0105, on compound for bitumen and bituminous mixtures made of crumb rubber powder
    • ETA 20/0377 RARX®, from CÍRCULO TECNOLÓGICO 2020 SL
  • EAD 350140-00-1106, on renderings and rendering kits intended for fire resistant applications
    • ETA 18/0456 Perliwool® from MINERAL FIBER SOLUTIONS SL
  • EAD 360001-01-0803, on ventilation systems made of mineral wool with facings on outside and inside
    • ETA 20/122 CLIMAVER® HVAC duct system from SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER
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Elaboration of EADs

In addition to EAD 090062-00-0404, ITeC has twelve EAD published in the OJEU and is currently working on a further fifteen, three of which are EAD amendments:

  • two have been sent to the Commission for the publication phase
  • four have already been adopted by EOTA and the corresponding ETA is now under preparation
  • the remaining nine are at different stages of elaboration

Note: at this point, the conversion works from the ETA Guidelines to EAD indicated in the first item of this section, are not considered.

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Conversion of ETA Guidelines to EAD led by ITeC

  • Conversion from the ETA Guideline for fire retardant products (ETAG 028)

    After considering the Commission’s comments, the revised EAD was sent to the Commission for publication on 18 December 2019.

  • Conversion from the ETA Guideline on prefabricated units for external wall insulation (ETAG 017) – work led by CSTB-ITeC:

    As yet not published. Sent to the Commission for the final review on 5 June.

    Regarding the second phase of this Guideline conversion, an initial meeting was held on 13 May (kick-off meeting) by videoconference, with ITeC’s participation.

  • Conversion of the ETA Guideline for façade cladding kits (ETAG 034)

    EAD 090062-00-0404 “Kits for external wall claddings mechanically fixed”: reference published in the OJEU, dated on 16.11.2018, by

13/07/2020|

EADs publication in the OJEU

In this period, the Commission Implementing Decision 2019/962 has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union-OJEU, on 03.07.2020.

EAD reference EAD title Superseded document
030400-00-0605 Waterproofing kit based on polymeric membranes for in- and outdoor walls and floors of wet areas and swimming pools
040465-00-0404 ETICS with renderings on mono-layer or multi-layer made of timber
040729-00-1201 Thermal insulation made of loose fill mineral wool
041389-00-1201 Boards made of agglomerated natural cork for thermal and acoustic insulation
130186-00-0603 Three-dimensional nailing plates ETAG 015
130118-01-0603 Screws and threaded rods for use in timber constructions 130118-00-0603
130287-00-0603 Profiled aluminium nail for use in timber structures
130308-00-0304 Structural composite lumber product: Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL)
130336-00-0603 Point connector – Dovetail made of polywood for cross laminated timber
130367-00-0304 Composite wood-based beams and columns ETAG 011
160055-00-0301 Lattice girders

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Conversion of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication

At the Technical Board meeting no. 28 the current status of the twelve conversions presently in progress was informed.

As indicated in previous Reports four different basic phases can be distinguished in the conversion process from the ETA Guidelines to EAD:

1st Elaboration and adoption by the working group;
2nd Adoption by EOTA – by the designated bodies;
3rd Comments of the Commission – including their consideration;
4th Publication – this may also include the comments of the Commission, in the final review of the EADs;

At this moment, all conversions are at the fourth phase.

Detailed situation of the conversions:

  • EAD on structural sealant glazing systems (conversion from ETA Guideline 002 parts 1 and 3): comments received from the Commission
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Conversion of ETA Guidelines with the EAD published

With the publication of EADs 130186 and 130367, there are twenty EAD published based on ETA Guidelines, of which the modification of one has already been published.

Published EAD relation:

  • EAD 030351-00-0402, for systems of mechanically fastened flexible roof waterproofing sheets (conversion from ETA Guideline 006): published in the OJEU, on 29.05.2019.
  • EAD 090062-00-0404, for kits for external wall claddings mechanically fixed (conversion from ETA Guideline 034 parts 1 and 2): published in the OJEU, on 16.11.2018.
  • EAD 130186-00-0603, for three-dimensional nailing plates (conversion from ETA Guideline 015): published in the OJEU, on 03.07.2020.
  • EAD 130367-00-0304, for composite wood-based beams and columns (conversion from ETA Guidelines 011): published on 03.07.2020.
  • EADs 160004-00-0301 and 160027-00-0301, for kits of post-tensioning systems for prestressing of
13/07/2020|

Letter to Commissioner Breton from the European Commission to support the ETA route in the revision of the Regulation

Eleven Spanish organisations have written to the Internal Market Commissioner, Mr. Thierry Breton, to request the maintenance of the ETA (European Technical Assessment) route in the Construction Products Regulation revision.

The Commission initiated the Regulation revision process, for which it is considering possible options and consulting the stakeholders of the sector.

The ETA route enables the CE marking of products which cannot take advantage of a harmonised standard. Currently, there are more than 8.000 issued ETA in Europe, for around to 2.700 manufacturers, both SMEs and large enterprises.

This route facilitates improvement and innovation in construction products, as well as their access to the European market. It is, therefore, a key instrument for a wide, complete, and accessible European construction products

13/07/2020|

European Commission’s survey for the inception impact assessment of the Regulation revision

In mid-June, the Commission launched this survey for an inception impact assessment of the Regulation revision on the objectives and options that the Commission is considering. This consultation is addressed to the construction sector stakeholders. Deadline is on 19 August.

With this consultation, the official process of the Regulation revision is initiated. During summer, the Commission has planned to carry out a public survey.

Prior to the survey for the inception impact assessment, the Commission launched a survey on the options for the Regulation revision, also addressed to the stakeholders’ representatives, with deadline on 30 August.

There are then two open surveys for the Regulation revision: one to assess the possible changes and another to assess their impact.

On the basis of the Commission’s Reports

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Upcoming meetings:

  • Technical Board No. 28, Brussels, 10 and 11 June 2020 (*)
  • Technical Board No. 29, 22 and 23 September 2020 (place to be defined)
  • General Assembly of EOTA, Brussels, 10 December 2020
  • Technical Board No. 30, Brussels, 15 and 16 December 2020
(*) Face-to-face meetings cancelled by coronavirus health crisis. Instead, alternative actions are carried out, such as written consultations, reduced meetings through WebEx, informative actions, depending on the nature of the topics to be dealt with.
12/05/2020|

Held between 21 December 2019 and 12 May 2020

  • Technical Board No. 27, Brussels, 11 and 12 March 2020 (*)
  • General Assembly of EOTA, Brussels, 29 April 2020 (*)
(*) Face-to-face meetings cancelled by coronavirus health crisis. Instead, alternative actions are carried out, such as written consultations, reduced meetings through WebEx, informative actions, depending on the nature of the topics to be dealt with.
12/05/2020|

Are there EADs on products for civil engineering works?

A significant number of European Assessment Documents (EAD) published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) cover products for building construction. However, a 15% of the EADs published cover products for civil engineering. Such a percentage may seem insignificant, but this is not the case of the products dealt with in these EAD.

ITeC EOTA Office has drawn the article “Products for civil engineering works in the European Assessment Documents”, which gives an overview of these products, describing their applications, including images which describe them as well as observations on relevant aspects.

12/05/2020|

Elaboration of ETAs

Between 21.12.2019 and 04.05.2020, ITeC issued nine ETA and has forty-seven in process. The issued ETAs correspond to the following five EAD (see EOTA website, “Our Publications” section).

  • EAD 040287-00-0404, on kits for external thermal insulation composite system (ETICS) with panels as thermal insulation and discontinuous claddings as exterior skin.
    • ETA 20/0246 Baumit CeramicSystem EPS, Baumit Ceramic System MW, from Baumit Beteiligungen GmbH.
  • EAD 090034-00-0404, on kits composed by subframe and fixings for fastening cladding and external wall elements.
    • ETA 09/0115 Kit PF-ALU-PL
    • ETA 09/0117 Kit PF-ALU-CER
    • ETA 09/0118 Kit PF-ALU-CLA
    • ETA 13/0309 Kit PF-ALU-HTR
    • ETA 13/0310 Kit PF-ALU-HPL

This five ETA from MECANISMOS, ANCLAJES Y SISTEMAS AUTOPORTANTES SL – MASA

  • EAD 090062-00-0404, on kits
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Elaboration of EADs

In addition to EAD 090062-00-0404, ITeC has twelve EAD published in the OJEU and is currently working on a further fifteen, three of which are EAD amendments:

  • one has been sent to the Commission for the publication phase
  • five have already been adopted by EOTA and the corresponding ETA is now under preparation
  • the remaining nine are at different stages of elaboration

Note: at this point, the conversion works from the ETA Guidelines to EAD indicated in the first item of this section, are not considered.

12/05/2020|

Conversions of ETA Guidelines to EAD led by ITeC

  • Conversion from the ETA Guideline for fire retardant products (ETAG 028)

    After considering the Commission’s comments, the revised EAD was sent to the Commission for publication on 18 December 2019.

  • Conversion from the ETA Guideline on prefabricated units for external wall insulation (ETAG 017) – work led by CSTB-ITeC:

    Comments received from the Commission at the publication phase are being addressed.

    The second phase of this Guideline conversion has just been initiated, with ITeC participation (see point three, section “EOTA”).

  • Conversion of the ETA Guideline for façade cladding kits (ETAG 034)

    EAD 090062-00-0404 “Kits for external wall cladding mechanically fixed”: reference published in the OJEU, dated on 16.11.2018, by means of the Communication

EADs publication in the OJEU

At the Technical Board meeting in December, the Commission representatives present announced that, during the first quarter of 2020, and no later than the end of March, green-lighted EADs would be published after being revised at the publication phase. This forecast has not been met. For this reason, and taking into account the time elapsed since the last publication, EOTA addressed a letter to Commissioner Thierry Breton for Internal Market, informing him of the situation and requesting that the publication of EADs be prioritised. At present, the Commission’s indications point to June for the next publication of EADs in the OJEU.

12/05/2020|

Conversion of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication

At the Technical Board No. 27 the current status of fourteen conversions presently in progress was informed.

As indicated in the previous Reports, four different basic phases can be distinguished in the conversion process from the ETA Guidelines to EAD:

1st Elaboration and adoption by the working group;
2nd Adoption by EOTA – by the designated bodies;
3rd Comments of the Commission – including their consideration;
4th Publication – this may also include the comments of the Commission, in the final review of the EADs;

At this moment, all conversions are at the 4th phase.

Detailed situation of the conversions:

  • EAD on structural sealant glazing systems (conversions from ETA Guideline 002 parts 1 and 3): comments received
12/05/2020|

Conversion of the ETA Guidelines with the EAD published

At present, there are eighteen EAD published based on ETA Guidelines, of which the modification of one has already been published. There have been no changes in this situation in recent months.

Relation of EADs published can be consulted on Report No. 22.

According to indications received, the Commission plans to publish EADs in the OJEU in June. Apparently, it is very interested in publishing pending ETA Guideline conversions.

12/05/2020|

Second step of the ETA Guidelines conversions

While the pending first phase conversions complete their process – they are in the publication phase (see “Conversion of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication”) -, second phase conversions have been initiated for the EADs concerning four ETA Guidelines:

  • EAD 040083-00-0404 (Conversion from ETA Guideline 004)

    External thermal insulation composite system (ETICS) with renderings

  • EAD 040914-00-0404 (Conversion from ETA Guideline 017)

    Veture kits – prefabricated units for external wall insulation and their fixing devices.

  • EADs 120093-00-0107, 120109-00-0107, 120110-00-0107, 120111-00-0107, 120112-00-0107, 120113-00-0107 (Conversion from ETA Guideline 032)

    Expansion joints for road bridges

  • EAD 090062-00-0404 (Conversion from ETA Guideline 034)

    Kits for external wall claddings mechanically fixed

On April 10, EOTA called for participation of experts from European associations

12/05/2020|

Study on the added value of EADs and ETAs

CSIL – Centre for industrial Studies, Milan, is completing the study “EADs and ETAs: Added value to the construction sector”, commissioned by EOTA. The objective of this study is to collect objective information on the strengths and challenges of the ETA route for CE marking products without a harmonised standard, as well as to evaluate its relevance in the construction sector.

Within the framework of this study, a survey was carried out which ended on April 17. This survey was aimed at manufacturers, associations and technical assessment bodies, to know their views on the added value of EADs and ETAs. Participation in the survey has been very remarkable.

333 responses to the survey have been received:

  • 73 % from manufacturers
  • 13 % from
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Agreement with the American organisation ICC-ES

At the end of last year, EOTA signed a cross licencing agreement with the American assessment organisation ICC-ES allowing both sides to share the use of their technical specifications. This agreement will facilitate the marketing of our products in the United States market. ICC-ES develops similar documents to EADs and ETAs for products without a standard and, particularly, for new and innovative products.

ICC-ES develops two types of documents “Acceptance Criteria” and “Evaluation Reports”. The former lay down the criteria for assessing the products and the latter is the assessment of the product for which the manufacturer has requested its assessment.

This is an agreement between both organisations for the use of EADs and “Acceptance Criteria”.

For more information, see

Extension of the EAD scope

At the Technical Board meeting in December, the Commission representatives requested EOTA not to prepare amendments of EADs for those products not included in their scope which do not require any change in the assessment methods. In this way, all the process until the publication of the amended EAD in the OJEU is avoided and the number of EAD versions is reduced.

EOTA agreed to apply this new criterion by consulting the bodies of the product area concerned, when a technical assessment body receives a request for a product or kit.

Since the Technical Board in December, this criterion is being applied and, in parallel, the procedure and conditions for its implementation have been defined.

Although this criterion is not included

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Article 19, gateway to the European market for products without a harmonised standard

This article of the Regulation on European Assessment Documents (EAD) is a key article. The first paragraph of clause (1) states:

“1. Following a request for a European Technical Assessment by a manufacturer, a European Assessment Document shall be drawn up and adopted by the organisation of TABs for any construction product not covered or not fully covered by a harmonised standard, for which the performance in relation to its essential characteristics cannot be entirely assessed according to an existing harmonised standard, …….”

This article is complemented by Annex II of the Regulation, which sets out the procedure for adopting the European Assessment Document. Point 8 of this Annex provides for the preparation of a European Technical

12/05/2020|

Publication of the Commission Delegated Decision (EU) 2018/779

On May 29, 2018, the following delegated decision, effective twenty days after its publication, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union-OJEU:

  • Delegated Decision (UE) 2018/779 on the applicable system to assess and verify consistency of performance of metal-faced sandwich panels for structural use, pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and Council.
    For these panels, the published decision establishes different systems for the assessment and verification of the constancy of performance (AVCP) depending on the essential characteristics.

This decision will not be applied to metal-faced sandwich panels for non-structural use, regulated in Commission Decision 98/436/CE and 98/437/CE.

For these sandwich panels, the applicable system changes depending on the essential characteristics:
System 2+

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Upcoming meetings:

  • Technical Board No. 27, Brussels, 11 and 12 March 2020
  • General Assembly of the EOTA, Brussels, 29 April 2020
  • Technical Board No. 28, Brussels, 10 and 11 June 2020
10/01/2020|

In which cases the European Assessment Document route does not apply?

This FAQ complements the one on Report No. 02 “When do the European Assessment Documents-EAD apply?”. In accordance with the acquired experience, an EAD does not apply in the following cases:

  • Products specifically indicated in the scope of a harmonised technical specification (harmonised standard or EAD)
  • Products not specifically indicated in the scope of a harmonised technical specification, but corresponding to the same product family, which can be assessed with the assessment methods established in the specification, without changing them.
  • Kits with CE marked components, for which it is not necessary to assess any essential characteristic at kit level. The essential characteristics established for the components are sufficient.
10/01/2020|

Elaboration of ETAs

Between 16.10.2019 and 20.12.2019, ITeC issued five ETA and has forty-three in process. The issued ETAs correspond to the following five EADs (see EOTA website, “Our Publications” section).

  • EAD 160004-00-0301, on post-tensioning kits for prestressing structures.
    • ETA 19/0064 MeKano4 PT System E, external post tensioning system with 3 to 37 strands, from MK4 WORLD WIDE SL.
  • EAD 210005-00-0505, on internal partition kits for use as non-loadbearing walls.
    • ETA 19/0164 Lateroyeso® from FERCYSER SL.
  • EAD 250005-00-0606, on adhesives for wall cladding.
    • ETA 19/0511 SikaTack® Panel-50 from SIKA SERVICES AG.
  • EAD 340179-00-0203, on structural panelled building kit.
    • ETA 19/0380 ECCO house, from MUSSO HOLDING s.r.l.
  • EAD 350454-00-1104, on fire stopping and fire sealing products – penetrations seals
10/01/2020|

Elaboration of EADs

In addition to EAD 090062-00-0404, ITeC has twelve EAD published in the OJEU and is currently working on a further fifteen four of which are EAD amendments:

  • one has been sent for the publication phase following the issue of the first ETA
  • two have already been internally adopted by EOTA and the corresponding ETA is now under preparation
  • the remaining twelve are at different stages of elaboration

Note: at this point, the conversion works from the ETA Guidelines to EAD indicated in the first item of this section, are not considered.

10/01/2020|

Conversions of ETA Guidelines to EAD led by ITeC

  • Conversion from the ETA Guideline for fire retardant products (ETAG 028)

    Commission comments at the publication phase have been considered, including that subject to a Commission consultation; the revised document has been confirmed by all designated bodies; it has just been sent to the Commission for publication.

  • Conversion from the ETA Guideline on prefabricated units for external wall insulation (ETAG 017)- work led by CSTB-ITeC:

    EAD sent to the Commission for the publication phase; pending Commission’s final review.

  • Conversion of the ETA Guideline for façade cladding kits (ETAG 034)

    EAD 090062-00-0404 “Kits for external wall cladding mechanically fixed”: reference published in the OJEU, dated on 16.11.2018, by means of the Communication 2018/C 417/07.

10/01/2020|

EADs publication in the OJEU

At Technical Board No. 26, the Commission representatives present announced that the nineteen EADs they proposed, after green light at the publication phase, will be published during the first 2020 quarter. Among these EAD, there are those resulting from the conversion of ETA Guidelines 011 and 015. See section “Conversion of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication”.

From European technical specifications whose references were published by means of Commission Communications, EADs are now European legislation documents published by means of Commission Execution Decisions, with a greater legal rank than Communications. This fact implies that EADs publication in the Official Journal of the European Union must go through a greater number of steps until the process is finished.

10/01/2020|

Conversion of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication

At the Technical Board No. 26 the current status of fourteen conversions presently in progress was considered.

As indicated in the previous Reports four different basic phases can be distinguished in the conversion process from the ETA Guidelines to EAD:

1st Elaboration and adoption by the working group;
2nd Adoption by EOTA – by the designated bodies;
3rd Comments of the Commission – including their consideration;
4th Publication – this may also include the comments of the Commission, in the final review of the EADs;

At this moment, all conversions are at the 4th phase.

Detailed situation of the conversions:

  • EAD on structural sealant glazing systems (conversion from ETA Guideline 002 parts 1 and 3): Commission comments have been received
10/01/2020|

Conversion of the ETA Guidelines with the EAD published

At present, there are eighteen EAD published based on ETA Guidelines, of which the modification of one has already been published. There have been no changes in this situation in recent months.

Published EAD relation:

  • EAD 030351-00-0402, for systems of mechanically fastened flexible roof waterproofing sheets (conversion from ETA Guideline 006): published in the OJEU, on 29.05.2019.
  • EAD 090062-00-0404, for kits for external wall claddings mechanically fixed (conversion from ETA Guideline 034 parts 1 and 2): published in the OJEU, on 16.11.2018.
  • EADs 160004-00-0301 and 160027-00-0301, for kits of post-tensioning systems for prestressing of structures (conversion from ETA Guideline 013): EADs published in the OJEU, on 15.12.2017.
  • EAD 210005-00-0505, for internal partition kits for use as non-loadbearing walls (conversion from ETA Guideline
10/01/2020|

EOTA reinforces quality control in EADs elaboration

To facilitate the implementation of the new criteria established by the Commission for EADs, EOTA has recently adopted the following measures:

1. To hire a technician for EAD monitoring from the EOTA Secretariat.

2. To participate in the training exercise on the use of the Commission checklist for EADs, elaborating a commented version of the checklist (see previous section)

3. To check EADs before sending them to the Commission in the 7c[2] phase and inform the EAD responsible body when there are observations.

From the Commission Communication COM(2018) 764 publication «Harmonised standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market», the Commission has established new criteria for EADs elaboration. These criteria, together

10/01/2020|

Training exercise on the use of the EC checklist for EADs

Last October, a training exercise on how to apply this checklist for the quality control of the European Assessment Documents-EAD took place. This exercise was carried out by the Commission Services together with the EOTA Secretariat. Six EAD examples were selected, five of them in drafting phase, and one already adopted by EOTA. Based on these examples, a simulation was done on how technical assessment bodies should use the checklist. Finally, on 30 October a meeting was held to draw conclusions about the exercise carried out.

As a result of this exercise, the EOTA Secretariat prepared a commented version of the checklist, with indications on how certain questions should be interpreted and applied.

This version has already been

10/01/2020|

Publication of the Delegated Decision (EU) 2019/1764 of the Commission

Dated 14 March 2019, the following delegated decision was published in the Official Journal of the European Union-OJEU, in force twenty days after its publication:

  • Delegated Decision (EU) 2019/1764 on the systems[1] to assess and verify constancy of performance of balustrade kits and railing kits intended to be used in construction works, in compliance with/in accordance with the Parliament and Council Regulation (EU) 305/2011.

This decision covers kits solely intended to prevent falls and not submitted to vertical loads from the structure.

Up to now, these products have not had an appropriate decision for the assessment and verification of the constancy of performance, so it has been necessary to establish which systems are applicable to these balustrade

09/01/2020|

Upcoming meetings

  • General Assembly of the EOTA, Brussels, 20 November 2019
  • Technical Board No. 26, Brussels, 11 and 12 December 2019
29/10/2019|