What is an EAD?

The European Assessment Document (EAD) is the documentation of the methods and criteria accepted in EOTA as being applicable for the assessment of the performance of a construction product in relation to its essential characteristics. The EAD is developed in all cases where the assessment of a construction product is not or not fully covered by a harmonised technical specification (Regulation (EU) No 305/2011).

It contains, at least,

  • a general description of the construction product and its intended use (Chapter 1 - Scope),
  • the list of essential characteristics relevant for the intended use (Chapter 2) and
  • methods and criteria for assessing the performance of the product (Chapter 2),
  • principles for the applicable factory production control (Chapter 3 - AVCP).

For the documentation TABs use an EAD-format which has been agreed with the European Commission in March 2015. Purposes of this format are: simplification, consistency, and comparability of the information provided. 

EADs are adopted in cooperation with the manufacturer, the TABs acting jointly in EOTA, and the European Commision. Adopted EADs are used by Technical Assessment Bodies for issuing European Technical Assessments (ETA). References to adopted EADs according to Annex II.7 to the above Regulation are announced on this website under “Publications/EADs” once an ETA is issued.

The EAD is a harmonised technical specification (hTS) in the sense of the Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (CPR).

The reference of final EADs is published by the European Commission in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and provided in NANDO, if an ETA has been issued. Once the EAD reference is published in the OJEU, EOTA provides final EADs for download on this website.

Member States or the European Commission may raise formal objections against EADs.


What is important to know about the changes from 1st of July 2013 with regards to ETAGs?

Formerly, European Technical Approval Guidelines (ETA Guidelines or ETAGs) were elaborated upon the mandate of the European Commission in order to establish how Approval Bodies should evaluate the specific characteristics/requirements of a construction product or a family of construction products. ETAGs were used as basis for European Technical Approvals (ETAs) until 30th June 2013.

As of 1st of July 2013 no new ETAGs will be developed. Published ETAGs may be used by TABs as EADs and their technical assessment methods can serve to issue ETAsssessments. Additionally, EOTA is committed to develop ETAGs used as EADs until 2020 into EADs.