From 1 January 2010 a new norm became applicable : the EN 1090. This European norm sets out the minimal quality standards for all steel constructions that will be put on the market within the European Union.
The EN 1090 norm is a consequence of the European Council Directive 89/106/EEC regarding Construction Products of 21 December 1988. This Directive details six fundamental requirements which are applicable to all construction products for buildings and infrastructural constructions:
1. Mechanical resistance and stability
2. Safety in case of fire
3. Hygiene, health and the environment
4. Safety in use
5. Protection against noise
6. Energy economy and heat retention
In order to organize these requirements for steel constructions the norm EN 1090 has been set up to serve as guidance for applying on each and every structural steel component a CE-label.