On 1 July, Royal Decree 163/2019 comes into force. It approves the Technical Instruction for carrying out the production control of the concrete manufactured in the plant.
This Royal Decree revokes the Order of the Ministry of Science and Technology of 2001 and establishes the technical criteria that concrete plants must meet to carry out production control of manufactured concretes. It is of mandatory application to all plants that manufacture ready-made concrete that are not installed in the construction site itself.
Among the changes included in this Royal Decree, of particular note is the requirement that all plants should be assessed periodically by an independent organisation that will verify that the control of the component materials of the concrete, its storage, the facilities, the concrete, the documentation and the traceability comply with the technical criteria in the decree. As a consequence of this evaluation, a certificate will be issued that the concrete plant must attach prior to supplying the concrete. The Royal Decree establishes a period of 21 months from the time it comes into force for the concrete plant to obtain this certificate.
With the aim of responding to sector demand as quickly as possible, AENOR has requested the corresponding accreditation from the Spanish National Accreditation Body (ENAC).
To this end, AENOR has developed the evaluation procedures necessary to be able to issue the concrete plant with the certificate of compliance.
Two types of assessment are established, as provided for in Article 11 of the aforementioned Royal Decree:
In support of the plants, AENOR, through its network of offices, offers the external laboratories they employ the possibility of requesting, in the event of it being necessary for them to undertake their activity under the provisions of Royal Decree 163/2019, the certification of their quality management systems in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2015.
AENOR is the reference organisation for the certification of construction products, issuing Officially Recognised Standards (ORS) in accordance with the
EHE-08 for concrete steel products, etc. The AENOR N mark is also a
recognised mark in other regulations such as the Technical Building Code for various construction materials.
The Construction sector is a strategic sector for AENOR.The overall offer of services to this industry is aimed at organisations from all sectors involved in construction: