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European Standard for Concrete Structures

The European Standard for Concrete Structures has Been Revised

European standard for concrete structures – BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS EN 206 Concrete – Specification, performance, production and conformity. The European Standard applies to concrete for structures cast in situ, precast structures, and structural precast products for buildings and civil engineering structures.

The revision specifically addresses that concrete may be designed for a working life of up to and over 100 years. This ensures that when its sustainability credentials are compared to other building materials, the comparison may be carried out on an equitable basis.

BS EN 206 covers:

  • Constituents of concrete
  • Properties of fresh and hardened concrete and their verification
  • Limitations for concrete composition
  • Specification of concrete
  • Delivery of fresh concrete
  • Production control procedures
  • Conformity criteria and evaluation of conformity
  • The standard will be of use to all members of a construction project who provide or require information on ready mix concrete, including construction contractors, specialists, manufacturers, specifiers and structural engineers.

BS EN 206 was developed using a collaborative consensus-based process with input from experts within the construction product sector such as the British Ready Mix Concrete Association, as well as structural engineers, construction product manufacturers, specifiers and trade association representatives.

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Quality Concrete Production

The Quality Scheme for Ready Mixed Concrete (QSRMC) was established in 1984 to provide a specialised and dedicated certification service in respect of the design, production and supply of ready mixed concrete.

QSRMC is controlled by a Governing Board with full representation from the construction industry, including the major professional institutions and associations of both the producers of concrete and those who design, specify, purchase and use concrete. The members of the Board understand concrete and know what controls are necessary to meet customer requirements.

The QSRMC certification standards are set out in the Quality and Product Conformity Regulations, which were drawn up by a specialist working group representing designers, specifiers, users and ready mixed concrete producers. The Regulations combine industry best practice with customer requirements.

QSRMC certification incorporates ISO 9001 registration (which includes concrete design) and certification of the product for compliance with specifications (product conformity certification).

As a specialist sector certification scheme, QSRMC’s assessors understand the critical processes involved in the design, production and supply of ready mixed concrete and the requirements of designers, specifiers and users. QSRMC certification can be relied upon as an assurance that certified producers will comply with the specification.

The QSRMC Certification Mark is the mark of product conformity for ready mixed concrete and is applicable to all specifications. It is awarded to concrete producers who demonstrate to the independent assessment authority their ability to comply with the QSRMC Quality and Product Conformity Regulations. The Regulations cover all critical aspects concerned with the design, production and supply of ready mixed concrete, including the quality of raw materials, the efficiency and calibration of production plant and equipment, the technical competence of personnel, testing, control and conformity procedures and the contract review process.

All QSRMC certificated plants are assessed each year. QSRMC certification does not rely only on sampling the production facilities of registered companies but involves in-depth surveillance of the production systems.

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About The Author of European standard for concrete structures

Bob Evans is the Marketing Director for Fibo Intercon.

Bob has been in the construction and civil engineering industry for over forty years.

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