The Aggregates, Concrete and Asphalts Group - CONCESSIONAIRS OF AGGREGATE ARE ADVOCATING FOR APPLICATION OF THE LEGAL PROVISIONS FOR QUALITY PRODUCTS
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The Aggregates, Concrete and Asphalts Group - CONCESSIONAIRS OF AGGREGATE ARE ADVOCATING FOR APPLICATION OF THE LEGAL PROVISIONS FOR QUALITY PRODUCTS

According to the conclusion of the Association of Civil Construction, Building Materials and Non-Metal Industries drawn at the meeting (5.4.2017), the novelties of the Law on construction products that are introducing changes in the way quality control of construction products is performed, i.e. a far greater responsibility is given to the manufacturer of building materials in terms of quality control and maintaining the consistency of the traits of the building product. The conclusion was to talk this problem through in different regions of the country and therefore on 26th of April a meeting was held with concessionaires from Strumica, Radovish, Valandovo and Gevgelija.

In the presence of a large number of interested concessionaires, Marija Topalovska Angelovska from GEING-Skopje held a presentation entitled "Concept of control of the construction products in accordance with the Law on construction products and the national (European) standards" prepared by representatives of GEING, GIM and ZIM.  

At the meeting there was a comprehensive discussion within which more questions were raised regarding the process of the quality control, i.e. it was highlighted that the producer is held responsible for that and should continuously control the quality of the aggregate in his own laboratory or to hire an accredited laboratory.

 The concessionaires may, but not obliged to have their own laboratory, but it is recommended for them to have one because the equipment should be calibrated and a professional and competent person should be managing it.

Once or twice a year a supervision of the production and of the factory production control is performed - Certification institution , when the following elements are checked:
- Production, placing and examination methods,
-  Performing a review of the results obtained from the examination of the producer in accordance with the Plan on factory production control, the frequency of examinations performed and the results received from the examination and whether they are compliant with the technical specification and the initial examination of the type
-  Maintaining the production equipment,
- The examination equipment ( its maintenance, checks and calibration),
- Storing/ depositing of compounds

The producer of the building product in accordance with the Law will be able to give a statement for properties on the basis of the received certificate of conformity of the factory production quality issued by the Certification institution. This means that the criteria for placing the product on the market are met.

Mrs. Elena Manevska, representative of the State market inspectorate, said that in accordance with the Law, the market inspection will have to perform controls of concessionaires starting from the beginning of May, i.e. controls of producer, and if irregularities or some faults are being detected in the production process measures will have to be undertaken, but first a certain period of time will be determined for these faults to be removed.

All attendees agreed on having a quality product, and at the end, a quality construction facility, and it was highlighted that a large part of the concessionaires are already experienced in their work, but with the assistance of accredited laboratories and the Certification bodies they will gradually adopt all the standards which will eliminate unfair competition. Furthermore, if in future the producer does not have a declaration for properties, then this producer will not be able to participate in a tender.

At the end, a conclusion was drawn that the presentation should be delivered to all the present and if they need additional information they can turn to the Chamber, to IRSM and to the companies they have a Certificate to perform the activities of a Certification body for assessment and confirmation of the consistency of the properties of the building products, i.e. GEING-Skopje and GIM-Skopje, while ZIM -Skopje is currently involved in a procedure of getting such a certificate.

Marija Petroska