22 January 2020. AENOR has received a new accreditation from the Spanish National Accreditation Body (ENAC) to assess the criteria established in the Royal Decree 163/2019, which entered into force on 1 July 2019.
The decree establishes the criteria that concrete plants must meet with regard to technical personnel, control of raw materials, manufacturing facilities and control of the concrete produced and documentary traceability. The plants will now be subject to regular inspections by AENOR every two years
According to José Andrés Martínez, Director of the Construction Sector at AENOR, "there is no doubt that technical instruction will provide a solution to the gap that has become increasingly evident between the different regulations applied to plant-manufactured concrete. To fill this gap, it is essential that the evaluation of compliance with the criteria for implementing production control is carried out by an independent body that will verify the correct compliance of these."
According to the National Association of Ready-mixed Concrete Manufacturers (ANEFHOP), AENOR assessments are now available for some 2,000 concrete plants from among the facilities in Spain, as a response to the competitiveness needs of the sector.
AENOR has acquired extensive knowledge of the sector during the 20 years since the creation of the N Mark for Concrete, with nearly 400 certifications issued to concrete plants. This certification currently holds the Officially Recognised Distinction from the Ministry of Mobility, Transport and Urban Agenda, which guarantees AENOR's technical competence in this activity.