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What is an ETA?

The European Technical Assessment (ETA) is a document providing information about the performance of a construction product,  to be declared in relation to its essential characteristics. This definition is provided in the new Construction Products Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 which entered into force on 1st of July 2013 in all European Members States and in the European Economic Area.

The ETA provides the voluntary way for the manufacturer to CE-mark a construction product. The ETA can be issued, if 

  • the construction product is not or not fully covered by any harmonised European Standard (hEN) and
  • ​the assessment methods and criteria are laid down in a European Assessment Document (EAD).

The ETA is valid in all 28 European Member States and those of the European Economic Area, as well as in Switzerland and Turkey. The ETA can be obtained upon request by a manufacturer (or its authorised representative) in countries where a Technical Assessment Body (TAB) has been designated according to the Construction Products Regulation. The ETA is the basis for a Declaration of Performance (DoP) to be drawn up by the manufacturer.

The ETA contributes to establish confidence in the performance of a construction product related to its essential characteristics, taking into account its intended use. The ETA route supports the free movement of construction products and thus the Single European Market.

An ETA contains the following information:

  • contact details of the manufacturer (ETA holder), 
  • ​the product (trade name) and its intended use, 
  • the manufacturing plant (encoded or contact details),
  • details of the assessment programme and performances of the product, and 
  • ​depending on the relevant AVCP systems, the control tasks of a Notified Body or of the manufacturer.

An ETA which has been issued after 1st of July 2013 is valid of indeterminate duration. On the EOTA website references to issued ETAs are published.

 

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

ETAs which are issued up to 30 June 2013 (so called European Approvals) remain valid until the end of their validity period. They can be used by manufacturers as European Technical Assessments. This type of ETAs will disappear from the market throughout the year 2018. These ETApprovals were based on ETA Guidelines or issued upon agreement of the Approval Bodies.

As of 1st of July 2013 ETAs are based on adopted European Assessment Documents (EADs) or ETAGs used as EADs. ETAssessments issued on the basis of "ETAGs used as EADs" remain valid after the development of the ETAGs into EADs.

 

What is important to know about ETAs in the framework of the Construction Products Regulation?

In accordance with the Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 (CPR), a manufacturer, when placing a construction product on the market, is responsible to provide a Declaration of Performance (DoP) for this product, when it is covered by a European Technical Assessment (ETA) issued for it. The CE marking shall be affixed on this product and indicates that the manufacturer is taking responsibility for the conformity of this product with the declared performance.

A European Technical Assessment (ETA) is issued on the basis of a European Assessment Document (EAD), or ETAG used as EAD. 

The ETA’s focusses on those essential characteristics the manufacturer wants to declare in relation to the intended use(s).

As a consequence of the CPR, its Commission Delegated Regulations (delegated acts) and further European Commission Services’ further information should be considered:

Any and all users of construction products remain liable to check and make an appropriate choice that the products made available on the market are fitting the whole set of conditions and requirements for the construction works.