Report from EOTA Technical Board -
TB 17/17, October 2017, Naples (IT)

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Amendments of European Assessment Documents (EAD)

Updates of EADs are necessary to represent the current state of the art. EADs, which have been developed from ETAGs, are applicable to product families and are therefore more exhaustive in their scope, set of essential characteristics ​​and assessment methods. The conversion of the ETAGs into EADs takes place in the working groups (“new ETAG WG”) of EOTA. Experts from European manufacturers' associations are also represented in these working groups.

The further development of these EADs will also be carried out in the EOTA working groups, provided the amendments are of general relevance for the product family and are not related to specific innovative developments of individual manufacturers. This was also agreed with the concerned industry stakeholders.

Innovative technical solutions which are developed for an individual product, and are not in general terms relevant to a product family, may be laid down in product related EADs, deviating from those developed based on the ETAG. For confidentiality reasons, they are not seen in a working group as open to industry observers.

It is at the discretion of the holder of a European Technical Assessment (ETA), issued on the basis of the "Master EAD", whether or not he will adjust to the amended EAD for his ETA. The Technical Assessment Bodies (TABs) can inform their customers (ETA owners) about the latest developments, but it is up to the manufacturer to apply for an ETA.

Elaboration of EOTA Technical Reports when developing EADs

EOTA Technical Reports include assessment methods for essential characteristics, relevant for product families covered by ETAGs and EADs. For specific product families they may be developed to give information about design rules which are relevant for a consistent performance of a product. In general, this solution of “outsourcing" of an assessment method is preferred when the assessment method can be used for items dealt with in more than one EAD.

The development of the Technical Report is subject to endorsement by the EOTA Technical Board. It is written in parallel to the development of an EAD. The procedure of development is equivalent to the procedure for EADs. 

Conversion of EOTA Guidelines (ETAGs) into EADs - Priority group "C"

For priority group C of Guidelines (ETAG 005, ETAG 006, ETAG 007, ETAG 009, ETAG 010, ETAG 011, ETAG 016, ETAG 017, ETAG 019, ETAG 021, ETAG 022, ETAG 023, ETAG 024, ETAG 025, ETAG 028, ETAG 031, ETAG 032 and ETAG 035, nominations for participations and convenorship by the participating Technical Assessment Bodies should be finalised. The work on ETAG 015, ETAG 030 and ETAG 034 (being part of priority group C) already started after a public call launched at the end of 2016.

At the same time, the call to industry associations was launched inviting experts to participate in kind in the upcoming working groups. Expression of interest is still possible. The participation of the industry takes place in accordance with the procedural rules laid down in the statutes of the EOTA by means of their (European) organisations. Industry experts participate as observers and have an advisory role. It is, however, common practice that when an ETAG is going to be converted into an EAD, the needs of industry are taken into account. Primarily an editorial revision is conducted to the extent required by the Regulation (EU) No 305/2011. 

An evaluation of the necessity for conversion of all the above mentioned guidelines, or parts of those guidelines, has also been agreed. It mainly depends on whether the Guideline has previously been used for the issue of ETAs. On the other hand, the question arises as to the extent to which the guideline actually contains sufficiently clearly defined assessment methods. The Construction Products Regulation requires clear assessment methods for the essential characteristics of a product covered by an EAD.

Note: Title and full text of the above guidelines can be found on the EOTA website

EOTA Workshop on application of EAD 330232-00-0601 as successor document to ETAG 001 parts 1 - 4

On 9 October 2017, a workshop on the implementation of ETAG 001 Parts 1 - 4 in EAD 330232-00-0601 (published in the Official Journal of the European Union in December 2016) took place for Technical Assessment Bodies prior to the Technical Board meeting. 

The main topics of the workshop were the presentation of the concept and structure of the EAD, explanations on the application of the EAD in practice and the discussion of questions which have emerged so far when using it. Aim was sharing best practises amongst TABs. Apart from the EAD, the corresponding Technical Reports of EOTA TR 020, TR 048 and TR 049 were also presented and dealt with. The workshop was conducted by the convenor of the working group 33 “Fixings” (DIBt, Germany).

Treatment of dangerous (hazardous) substances in EADs based on ETAGs

The European Commission has asked to detail and determine the assessment methods for dangerous substances in EADs. For the EADs based on ETAG 018 and ETAG 026 generally applicable approaches were developed and coordinated at EOTA level. They should also be incorporated into the EADs on the basis of ETAG 013 and ETAG 029. The final EAD versions will be forwarded to the European Commission in late autumn for citation in the Official Journal of the European Union. The European Commission will evaluate the proposed approach. It is enviasged to abandon a content based approach and technical specifications published by CEN will be applied.

Conversion of the ETAG 026 part 4 "Fire Stopping and Fire Sealing Products - Part 4: Reactive and mechanical air transfer grilles"

This part of ETAG 026 is not included in the package of conversion projects of priority Group A as a result of the agreement with the European Commission, and was subsequently removed from the list in NANDO by the Commission. For the main essential characteristic "fire resistance", the ETAG does contain a special test method that differs significantly from the assessment method published in August 2017 by CEN. 

EOTA Technical Management Project Team (PT 1) - Checklist for EAD writers

A checklist for EAD writers, developed by so called "EOTA PT 1" based on the evaluation of the Commission's observations on draft EADs in 2016, was developed and unanimously endorsed by the Technical Board. This checklist provides assistance to Technical Assessment Bodies. This checklist will also be of benefit to the manufacturer, as it will supports the homogeneity and quality of the EADs.

EOTA Project Team PT 10 "Seismic Actions"

A work program for the future activities of the horizontal project team was presented. The PT 10 is intended to support the relevant issues regarding seismic actions as addressed in EADs. Where appropriate, this group has an advisory role to individual Technical Assessment Bodies when developing an EAD. 

"Technical Platform on the CPR Review - The Future of EOTA" organised by the European Commission

The Technical Platform was organised by the European Commission in light of the review of the implementation of Construction Products Regulation, and ongoing discussions at various levels. It may be considered in conjunction with the study launched by the European Commission for the "Impact Assessment of the EU Construction Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 305/201") and the related performance analysis. As an outcome of the meeting of the European Commission and representatives of the Member States of the industry and EOTA, the following main points are to be highlighted:

Industry and representatives of the Member States supported the system of the Construction Products Regulation and the need for EADs and ETAs as complementary to harmonised standards. Improvements for the communication at EOTA level were addressed. The establishment of EOTA as the umbrella organisation for the Technical Assessment Bodies in the Member States was recognised as a structure that meets all requirements.