ETA | EOTA
Issuance of European Technical Assessments (ETAs) and CE marking
The European Technical Assessment ETA is a voluntary way to the CE marking and provides an independent assessment of the essential characteristics of non-standard and innovative construction products. The ETA-based CE marking allows manufacturers to freely sell products throughout the European market and allows them to introduce innovative products and / or products with new characteristics in the short term.
Advantages of an ETA and benefits for the construction sector:
- Recognition beyond Europe (high international standing)
- Objectivity and independence – Only independent Technical Assessment Bodies (TABs) can issue ETAs. Independent assessment strengthens the credibility of product performance information, increases market transparency and builds customer confidence.
- The CE marking improves the sale of construction products and the reputation of companies - ETA allows manufacturers to affix the CE marking to construction products for which there is no harmonized standard or which deviates from the harmonized standard.
EU Green Deal*
– sustainable and/or smart products are usually not fully covered by harmonised standards →
the ETA route allows for rapid placing of the product to the market
Note: * Climate change and environmental degradation pose an existential threat to Europe and the world, and the EU Green Deal was created to overcome these challenges - https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en
If an ETA request is received, ITC, as the Technical Assessment Body* (TAB), will perform the procedure as the responsible TAB throughout the process.
Note: * TABs -Technical Assessment Bodies are entities authorized to carry out third party tasks (see Articles 29 to 35) for issuing European Technical Assessments (ETAs) within the meaning of EU Regulation 305/2011 (CPR).
The ETA will be based on an European Assessment Document (EAD), which is a harmonized technical specification prepared by EOTA.
If the product is not (completely) covered by any existing EAD, EOTA will develop a new or modify the existing EAD.
In accordance with the intended use the manufacturer should assign to the construction product an appropriate system of assessment and verification of constancy of performance (1; 1+, 2+, 3 or 4).
In the case of AVCP systems 3 and 4, the European Technical Assessment is the final document for issuing the declaration of performance and the CE marking. In the case of AVCP systems 1, 1+ and 2+, after issuing of the ETA, the manufacturer shall apply by the Notified Body for the relevant assessment corresponding to the AVCP system.
At the end of the whole process of assessment and verification of constancy of performance according to the harmonized technical specification, the manufacturer shall always affix the CE marking to the product and issue a declaration of performance.
Required documentation and information from the manufacturer (see also) the initial information form):
- technical documentation (eg drawings)
- description of the intended use of the product (kit) in construction
- information on previous certifications
- content of hazardous substances
- application / installation instructions
- content of flame retardants
- 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
Ing. Klára Bednářová
head of Technical Assessment Body (TAB)
INSTITUTE FOR TESTING AND CERTIFICATION
DIVISION CSI – CENTRE OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
Certification of construction products
102 00 Praha 10