Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 lays down conditions for the placing or making available on the market of construction products by establishing harmonised rules on how to express the performance of construction products in relation to their essential characteristics and on the use of CE marking on those products.
This is achieved by establishing a „common technical language“, providing unique methods for construction product performance assessment. These methods are complied with in the harmonised European standards (hEN) and the European Assessment Document (EAD).
A European Technical Approvals Guideline (ETAG) is a document by which for a construction product or a family of construction products the following is established: a list of the relevant interpretative documents, the specific technical characteristics and requirements for construction products, the test procedures, the methods of assessing and judging the results of the tests, the method of factory production control and the period of validity of European technical approvals.
A list of European technical approvals guidelines can be found on the NANDO (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) information system website or the EOTA website. With the beginning of full implementation of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, European Technical Approvals Guidelines shall cease to be issued and European Technical Assessments shall start to be issued. Pursuant to Article 66 of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, Guidelines for European technical approval published before 1 July 2013 in accordance with Article 11 of Directive 89/106/EEC may be used as European Assessment Documents.
European Assessment Document
Pursuant to Article 19 of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, following a request for a European Technical Assessment by a manufacturer, a European Assessment Document (EAD) shall be drawn up and adopted by the organisation of TABs (EOTA) 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.
European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA) comprises the Approval Bodies nominated to issue European Technical Approvals (ETAs) by EU Member States and EFTA States.
A European Technical Approval is a technical approval issued by an authorised legal person or other authorised person member of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals. With the beginning of full implementation of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, European Technical Approvals shall cease to be issued and European Technical Assessments shall start to be issued. Pursuant to Article 66 of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, manufacturers and importers may use European technical approvals issued in accordance with Article 9 of Directive 89/106/EEC before 1 July 2013 as European Technical Assessments throughout the period of validity of those approvals.
European Technical Assessment
Pursuant to Article 26 of Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, the European Technical Assessment shall be issued by a Technical Assessment Body (TAB) at the request of a manufacturer on the basis of a European Assessment Document (EAD).
Technical regulation on technical specifications for construction products in the harmonised area (Official Gazette 4/15, 24/15, 93/15, 133/15, 36/16, 58/16, 104/16, 28/17, 88/17, 29/18, 43/19, 150/22)
This Technical regulation lays down the list of harmonised technical specifications for construction products and the periods of their use as well as of coexistence of relevant standards (beginning and end dates) in such a way that:
- the list of harmonised standards is given in Annex 1;
- the list of European Assessment Documents is given in Annex 2.
The harmonised standards listed in Annex 1 of the Technical regulation on technical specifications for construction products in the harmonised area (Official Gazette 4/15, 24/15, 93/15, 133/15, 36/16, 58/16, 104/16, 28/17, 88/17, 29/18, 43/19, 150/22) can be searched in the Catalogue of Croatian standards and purchased from the Croatian Standards Institute.
European Assessment Documents (EAD) are made available on the website of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA).
References of European Assessment Documents (EAD) are published in the Official Journal of the European Union C 417, 16.11.2018., p. 13 – 25, C 077, 20.3.2019, p 78-79 and L 142, 29.05.2019., p. 69 – 71.
- European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH)
- NANDO (New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations) database website.