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

What is the difference between products with a harmonised standard and products with an ETA in the assessment and verification of the constancy of performance?

The systems of assessment and verification of the constancy of performance[1] – 1+, 1, 2+, 3 and 4 – are the same, and its application for each product family is defined by means of the Commission Decisions published in the OJEU.

However, in the Delegated Regulation 568/2014 of the Commission – that amends Annex V of the Construction Products Regulation -, clause 1.6 of the Annex, a relevant clarification is introduced regarding the products with an ETA.

It is stipulated that the performance assessment carried out in ETAs – by a technical assessment body – must be considered for the assessment and verification of the constancy of performance tasks. Besides, notified bodies – in those systems in

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Elaboration of ETAs

Between 11.06.2019 and 15.10.2019, ITeC issued ten ETA and has a further forty-four in process. The ten ETA issued correspond to the following five EAD and ETA Guidelines (see the EOTA website, “Our Publications” section).

  • EAD 160004-00-0301, on post-tensioning kits for prestressing of structures.
    • ETA 19/0065 MeKano4 PT System TK, internal bonded post tensioning system with 4 to 37 strands, from MK4 WORLD WIDE SL.
  • EAD 090062-00-0404, on kits for external wall claddings mechanically fixed.
    • ETA 16/0645 Faveker® FV from GRES DE ARAGÓN SA.
    • ETA 17/0355 Faveton® SAH (ceramic plates Ceram 20, Ceram 28 and Acqua 20), from FAVETON TERRACOTA SL.
  • EAD 350140-00-1106, on renderings and rendering kits for fire resisting applications.
    • ETA 11/0185 Tecwool F® from
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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, four of which are EAD amendments:

  • three 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.

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Conversions of ETA Guidelines to EAD led by ITeC

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

In the publication phase, new comments from the Commission have been received. For one of them, a consultation has been addressed to the Commission, which is in progress.

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

In the working group some issues were detected needing modification in the document for publication, which have been corrected; the amended document has been circulated to the designated bodies, for confirmation.

  • 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

29/10/2019|

Conversions of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication

At the Technical Board meeting No. 25 the current status of fourteen conversions presently in progress was considered.

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 third or fourth phase.

Detailed situation of the conversions:

  • EAD on structural sealant glazing systems (conversion from ETA Guideline 002 parts 1 and 3): sent to the Commission for the publication phase; pending
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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. From now on, they will be identified by their reference number.

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
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Tasks to unlock EADs as yet not published

In the last Technical Board meeting, the issue of the hundred EAD not yet published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) – some of them for over a year – was addressed. The Commission informed that it would not be possible to publish these EAD if they were not in accordance with the last criteria and improvements introduced by the Commission. See in Report No. 20, “Introduction of improvements in European Assessment Documents”.

Considering this situation, the Technical Board agreed that each Institute would examine their EAD pending publication and revise those aspects not being in accordance with the last criteria and improvements introduced by the Commission. As EADs are being updated, they will be

29/10/2019|

Document of the Commission on EAD variants

The Commission observed an increasing number of ETA requests that require the amendment of EADs already cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). This means the setting up of numerous updating processes to publish the amended EADs in the OJEU.

This situation generates inconveniences, both for manufacturers having an ETA issued from the initial EAD, and for notified bodies for this EAD. These inconveniences worsen when an EAD has a significant number of issued ETAs, as is the case of some EAD resulting from the conversion of ETA Guidelines (ETAG).

To respond to this situation, the Commission presented the document “EAD variants” in the Advisory Group meeting on 1 and 2 July.

In this document, the use of EADs variants for

29/10/2019|

Publication of two delegated regulations with new classes of performance

Dated on 12 July, the following delegated regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), in force twenty days after its publication:

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1188 of the Commission, on classes of performance in relation to resistance to wind load for external blinds and awnings, covered by harmonised standard EN 13561. This standard includes four classes of performance for this characteristic, but these are not sufficient to cover all the products currently available on the market, because the most recent offer a higher resistance to wind load. For this reason, three more classes of performance have been added concerning resistance to wind load.

Besides, the use

29/10/2019|

New Commission study for the Regulation revision

Until now, the European Commission has carried out several studies on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) based on surveys, interviews and technical platforms. The Commission has recently launched a new study to complement the earlier data collection – resulting from the previous studies – and its analysis, and to support any decision to be made on future options.

The starting point is a survey based on the issues identified in the CPR assessment carried out by the Commission. This survey has a relevant role in the future definition of potential options. Consequently, it is only addressed to experts, mainly to Advisory Group members and stakeholders who participated in the technical platforms for the CPR Revision.

The distribution of the corresponding questionnaire was initiated

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Upcoming meetings:

  • Technical Board No. 25, Rome, 18 and 19 September 2019
  • General Assembly of the EOTA, Brussels, 20 November 2019
  • Technical Board No. 26, Brussels, 11 and 12 December 2019
18/06/2019|

Are EAD mandatory?

Article 4 (1) from the Regulation, on the declaration of performance, says:

“When a construction product is covered by a harmonised standard or conforms to a European Technical Assessment which has been issued for it, the manufacturer shall draw up a declaration of performance when such a product is placed on the market.”

To harmonised standard level, when a construction product is covered by a harmonised standard whose reference had been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), and the coexistent period [1] is finished, the manufacturer has the obligation to issue a declaration of performance and CE mark the product in accordance with this standard. This obligation applies to put a product

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Elaboration of ETAs

Between 28.02.2019 and 10.06.2019, ITeC has issued three ETA and has a further forty-two in process. The three ETA issued correspond to the following two EAD and ETA Guideline (see the EOTA website, ‘Our Publications’ section).

  • EAD 090062-00-0404, on kits for external wall claddings mechanically fixed.

    • ETA 13/0166 Tempio® FK-16 and FK-20 kits with continuous horizontal profiles or discontinuous rails, Tempio® FS-20, FS-24 and FS-30 kits with clips, from Cerámica Mayor SA.

  • EAD 350140-00-1106, on renderings and rendering kits intended for fire resistant applications.

    • ETA 18/1087 Biofire from TRIA-Serviços, Materiais e Equipamentos SA.

  • ETA Guideline

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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 fourteen, two of which are EAD amendments:

  • one has already been internally adopted by EOTA and the corresponding ETA is now under preparation
  • the remaining thirteen 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.

18/06/2019|

Published EADs drawn up by ITeC

The three EAD indicated hereafter were developed by ITeC within the EOTA framework and published in the OJEU, on 20.03.2019. They enable the elaboration of ETAs and the CE marking of the kits covered by their scope. ITeC is one of the most active institutes in the kits field, and particularly in that related to façades.

Below, the content of these three EAD is synthetically described. Information on all the EAD drawn up by ITeC can be consulted in the article “Thirteen European Assessment Documents drawn up by ITeC published in the OJEU”.

  • EAD 040427-00-0404 Kits for external thermal insulation composite system (ETICS) with mortar as thermal insulation product and renderings or discontinuous claddings as exterior skin

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Conversion of ETA Guidelines to EAD led by ITeC

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

Once the comments received in the Commission final review were dealt with, the revised document was sent for publication.

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

Once the comments received in the Commission final review were dealt with, the revised document was sent 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. The full EAD text

18/06/2019|

Publication of EADs in the OJEU

In this period, the first two Commission Implementing Decisions concerning EADs have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union-OJEU: the Decision 2019/450, on 19.03.2019, and Decision 2019/896, on 28.05.2019, which modifies and widens the first one.

EAD reference EAD title Superseded document
Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/450
040427-00-0404 Kits for external thermal insulation composite system (ETICS) with mortar as thermal insulation product and renderings or discontinuous claddings as exterior skin
060012-00-0802 Kit consisting of chimney flue liner, made of glass fibres, mineral and organic substances, and ancillaries
090119-00-0404 Kits for external wall cladding of mineral boards with renderings applied in situ
090120-00-0404 Kits for non-loadbearing material board external wall systems
130031-00-0304 Metal web beams and columns
130082-00-0603 Façade fixing system

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Conversions of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication

At the Technical Board meeting no. 24, the current status of the fourteen conversions presently in progress was considered.

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 third or fourth phase.

Detailed situation of the conversions:

  • EAD on structural sealant glazing systems (conversion from ETA Guideline 002 parts 1 and 3): sent to the Commission for the publication
18/06/2019|

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. From now on, they will be identified by their reference number.

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
18/06/2019|

Introduction of improvements in European Assessment Documents

Based on the Commission Communication COM (2018) 764, commented in Report No. 19, the Commission is setting up the following measures to improve the European Assessment Documents-EAD:

  1. All references to other harmonised technical specifications, test standards or other reference documents in an EAD, should be accompanied by date (year).
  2. All the assessment methods will be included in the EAD’s text. No Technical Reports (TR) including assessment methods will be created or referred to in the new EADs.
  3. The technical assessment bodies and the EOTA’s secretariat will apply a check list for the adopted EAD drafts, provided by the Commission.
  4. Proliferation of similar EADs is to be avoided, as far as possible.

With these measures – some still under

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Upcoming meetings:

  • General Assembly of the EOTA, Brussels, 24 April 2019
  • Technical Board No. 24, Brussels, 4 and 5 June 2019
  • Technical Board No. 25, location to be decided, 18 and 19 September 2019
  • Technical Board No. 26, Brussels, 11 and 12 December 2019
07/03/2019|

What does the EAD number mean?

It is structured in three parts: EAD XXYYYY-00-ZZZZ

  • The first part is a combination of the product area code, according to Annex IV of the Regulation, and the project number defined by EOTA.
  • The second part indicates the EAD version. 00 is the initial version, 01 is the first modification, and so on.
  • The third part shows the area of the product according to the EOTA classification.

Example of a published EAD:

EAD 040005-00-1201 Factory-made thermal and/or acoustic insulation products made of vegetable or animal fibres.

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In Annex IV of the Regulation, EAD product areas are defined with their code and description. There are 35 already defined and one more, the 36, for products not

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Elaboration of EADs

In addition to EAD 090062-00-0404, ITeC has nine EAD published in the OJEU and is currently working on a further fifteen:

  • Three have been sent for the publication phase following the issue of the first ETA.
  • Three have already been internally adopted by EOTA and the corresponding ETAs are now in preparation.
  • The remaining nine are at different stages of elaboration

One of the three EAD in the publication phase was on the last publication list – December 2018 – which was suspended by the Commission due to the establishing of the new publication procedure (see the news in section ‘European Assessment Document-EAD’).

Note: at this point, the conversion works from the ETA Guidelines to EAD indicated in the first item of this

07/03/2019|

Conversion of ETA Guidelines to EAD led by ITeC

  • Conversion from the ETA Guideline for fire retardant products (ETAG 28):

The EAD is now on publication phase and Commission’s comments have just been received.

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

Commission’s consultant’s comments were considered (Commission’s comments phase); the revised EAD and the answers to the comments have been circulated to the designated bodies for confirmation. Commission’s comments have just been received.

  • Conversion of the ETA Guideline for façade cladding kits (ETAG 34):

EAD 090062-00-0404Kits for external wall claddings mechanically fixed’: reference published in the OJEU, dated on 16.11.2018, by means of the Communication 2018/C 417/07. The full EAD text can

07/03/2019|

Publication of EADs in process with the new procedure announced by the Commission

In the last EOTA Executive Commission meeting, Mr. Iñigo Urresti from the European Commission, announced that on 18 of January the process for the first publication of EAD references in the OJEU had just begun, applying the new procedure.  He also pointed out that this EAD publication will include those EADs from the suspended December publication and some other additional EADs.

According to Mr. Urresti, this EAD publication will help DG Grow to check the new procedure, which is based on 4-5 steps and finishes with the publication of an implementing act in the OJEU, which at the same time will include the EAD list of references. He is not yet in conditions to give a publication date.

Moreover, he emphasised the fact

07/03/2019|

Conversions of ETA Guidelines in progress or pending publication

The current status of the seventeen conversions presently in progress was considered at the meeting of Technical Board No. 23.

As was indicated in Report 18, four different basic phases can be distinguished in the conversion process from the ETA Guidelines to EAD:

Elaboration and adoption by the working group;
Adoption by EOTA – by the designated bodies;
Comments of the Commission – including their consideration;
Publication – this may also include the comments of the Commission, in the final review of the EADs;

At the moment, the majority of conversions are at the third or fourth phase.

Detailed situation of the conversions:

  • EAD on structural sealant glazing systems (conversion from ETA Guideline 002 parts 1 and 3): sent to the
07/03/2019|

Conversion of ETA Guidelines with the EAD published

At present, there are fifteen published EAD based on ETA Guidelines, of which the modification of one has already been published. From now on, we are going to identify them with their reference number.

List of the published EADs:

  • 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. See information in section “ITeC and the European Technical Assessment”.
  • EADs 160004-00-0301 y 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 330076-00-0604, on metal injection anchors for use in masonry (conversion from ETA Guideline 029): published in the OJEU, on 15.12.2017.
  • EAD
07/03/2019|

Introduction of improvements in the harmonized standards

Dated 22.11.2018, the Commission published the Communication COM(2018) 764  ‘Harmonized standards: Enhancing transparency and legal certainty for a fully functioning Single Market’.

This communication explains the actions taken recently by the Commission to further improve the European standardisation system. It also includes specific actions that the Commission will take in the immediate future in order to enhance the efficiency, transparency and legal certainty for the stakeholders involved in the development of harmonized standards. Therefore, it is referred to those European standards adopted on the basis of a Commission’s request for the application of Union harmonization legislation.

Since Regulation 1025/2012 entered into force in 2013, it has provided the main judicial framework in this field, and it comprises the division of responsibilities

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Upcoming meetings:

  • Technical Board No. 23, Brussels, 20 and 21 February 2019
  • General Assembly of the EOTA, Brussels, 24 April 2019
  • Technical Board No. 24, Brussels, 4 and 5 June 2019
  • Technical Board No. 25, location to be decided, 18 and 19 September 2019
  • Technical Board No. 26, Brussels, 11 and 12 December 2019
10/01/2019|

What happens to ETA requests for products that do not adjust to the EAD resulting from the conversion of an ETA Guideline?

In principle, two cases can be identified:

  1. When the divergence results from a specific technical aspect of the product for which an ETA is requested.
  2. When the divergence can be generalized and applies to all similar products in the sector.

In case a), the most appropriate solution is usually to draw up a specific EAD for the product for which an ETA is requested. The TAB receiving the request will develop the EAD in accordance with Annex II of the Regulation, in the same way as all other EADs developed from an individual manufacturer request.

In case b), it is necessary to undertake a modification of the EAD resulting from the conversion of an ETA Guideline. This modification will be developed in

10/01/2019|

What happens to ETA requests related to ETA Guidelines for which conversion is not expected?

In view of the limited number of ETAs issued and the lack of interest in the sector, conversion of ETA Guidelines 016, 021, 023, 024, 025, 031, 033, 035 into EAD is not envisaged (see the EOTA website). The EOTA has made a commitment to the Commission to finalize the greatest possible number of conversions by the end of 2018, but these ETA Guidelines are not included.

When a manufacturer submits an ETA request related to one of these ETA Guidelines, the Technical Assessment Body-TAB must apply Art. 21 (c) of the Regulation: that is, prepare an EAD in response to this request. This EAD will be drawn up based on the corresponding ETA Guideline and will only contain those aspects

10/01/2019|

Elaboration of ETAs

Between 18.10.2018 and 19.12.2018, ITeC issued five ETA and has a further thirty-five in process.  The five ETAs issued correspond to the following two EADs and the ETA Guidelines (see the EOTA website, publications section).

  • EAD 350142-00-1106, on fire protective board, slab and mat products and kits.
    • ETA 18/0690 Protect Wired Mat 4.0 from Saint-Gobain Isover Ibérica SL
    • ETA 18/0691 Ultimate Protect Slab 4.0 from Saint-Gobain Isover Ibérica SL
    • ETA 18/1017 TECBOR from Tecresa Protección Pasiva SL
  • EAD 350402-00-1106, on reactive coatings for fire protection of steel elements.
    • ETA 18/0689 Hempafire Pro 315 from Hempel A/S
  • Guía DITE 030 parte 1, on dowels for structural joints.
    • ETA 16/0064 Geoconnect® LL from Steel for Bricks GZ SL
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Elaboration of EADs

As well as the ten EAD already published, ITeC is currently working on a further fifteen:

  • Three have been sent for the publication phase following the issue of the first ETA
  • Three have already been internally adopted by EOTA and the corresponding ETAs are now in preparation
  • The remaining nine are at different stages of elaboration

One of the three EAD in the publication phase was on the last publication list – December 2018 – which has recently been suspended (see section “European Assessment Document-EAD”, second news item.

Note: This point does not include the conversion of ETA Guidelines to EADs detailed in the first point of this section.

10/01/2019|

ITeC has now ten EADs published

The references for these EADs have been published in the OJEU, and the corresponding documents on the EOTA website.

Nine have been drawn up as a result of manufacturer ETA requests. The tenth EAD is the result of the conversion of ETA Guideline 034 to an EAD, carried out by an EOTA working group led by ITeC.

These ten EAD are as follows:

Reference and title of the European Assessment Document Superseded EAD
010028-00-0103 Shallow and reusable foundation kit for lightweight structures
040138-01-1201 In-situ formed loose fill thermal and/or acoustic insulation products made of vegetable fibres. 040138-00-1201
040287-00-0404 Kits for external thermal insulation composite system (ETICS) with panels as thermal insulation product and discontinuous claddings as exterior skin
040456-00-1201 In-situ formed loose fill thermal and/or acoustic insulation material made

10/01/2019|