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Approvals, Standards, Codes

There are inevitably a multitude of regulations and similar stuff that govern or guide how fixings are used.  Many of the documents referred to here have had significant input from the CFA - among British Standards BS 8539 is the most recent an most significant as it touches just about every aspect of every type of fixing we deal with.

 It may be worth clarifying the distinction between regulations, standards and codes.

 It's the difference between "must" and "should".

 Regulations, such as the  Building Regulations and forthcoming Construction Products Regulation have the force of law andmustbe complied with, or we risk committing an offence,  whereas Standards, be they International (ISO), European (CEN) or British (BSI) standards (including Codes of Practice, which are still standards) do not have the force of law as they simply represent the state of the art and best practice as determined by panels of experts, they are essentially "Recommendations" rather than requirements so theyshouldbe adhered to. However should there be an accident then standards and codes will be relied upon to inform the court as to what should have been done. Compliance with standards and codes is therefore always the best approach. Of course it is to be expected that complying with British Standards and Codes of Practice will avoid accidents in the first place.  


In the associated sections accessible below the items of most interest are likely to be the new Code of Practice BS 8539 important to all stakeholders, The Construction Products Regulation (especially for Distributors), CEN TS for Design of Fastenings within the European Standards section (especially for specifiers) and European Technical Approvals, (particularly for Specifiers and Contractors).


Click here for more on Regulations

Click here for key British Standards

Click here for details of European Standards

Click here for details of European Technical Assessments