What is an ETA?
The European Technical Assessment (ETA) is documented assessment of the performance of a construction product, in relation to its essential characteristics […].
This is the definition given by the Construction Products Regulation (CPR, Regulation (EU) No 305/2011), which governs the marketing of construction products in the European Economic Area.
The ETA provides manufacturers with a voluntary way for CE marking their innovative non-standard construction product and thus bringing it to the European internal market. As an independent assessment, the ETA also contributes to create trust in the performance of the construction product related to its essential characteristics and taking into account its intended use(s).
When can I obtain an ETA?
An ETA can be issued for construction products, if
- they are not or not fully covered by any harmonised European Standard (hEN) and
- the assessment methods and criteria have been laid down in a European Assessment Document (EAD).
The European Assessment Document (EAD) thus forms the basis for the European Technical Assessment. It contains the methods for assessing the product as well as specifications on the system for assessment and verification of constancy of performance (AVCP system) to be used. If the product in question is not yet (completely) covered by an existing EAD, EOTA will develop a new, or adapt an existing, European Assessment Document.
Learn more about EAD development
What kind of information does the ETA contain?
The ETA contains the following information:
- details on the manufacturer (ETA holder) and manufacturing plant(s),
- applicable European Assessment Document
- trade name and description of the product and its intended use(s),
- product performance and references to the methods used for the assessment,
- applicable AVCP system(s) and technical details necessary for the implementation of the AVCP system.
Who can obtain an ETA and who can issue them?
Manufacturers of non-standard construction products (or their authorised representatives) can obtain an ETA from a Technical Assessment Body (TAB) designated in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation.
See list of all designated Technical Assessment Bodies
Where is the ETA valid?
The ETA is valid in all EU Member States and those of the European Economic Area, as well as in Switzerland and Turkey. But it is also often accepted as technical documentation in other parts of the world.
What is the period of validity of an ETA?
ETAs issued after the 1 July 2013, i.e. European Technical Assessments, are valid for an indefinite period of time.
Search for issued European Technical Assessments
How do I get from the ETA to CE marking?
The ETA is the basis for a Declaration of Performance (DoP) which the manufacturer is required to draw up in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) before CE-marking his product. The CE marking allows the manufacturer to freely market his product on the European internal market. By affixing the CE marking to the product, the manufacturer confirms that his product is in line with the applicable EU legislation and takes responsibility for the conformity of this product with the declared performance.
'Step by step guide' for CE marking of construction products (external link)
What do specifiers and other users of construction products need to know about the ETA?
The ETA provides reliable, third-party documentation of a construction product's essential performance characteristics that is comparable across Europe. However, users of construction products remain responsible for choosing the right construction product in sight of the requirements of the specific construction project and possible national requirement levels for specific use situations.