Enews - Issue 3 - Spring 2011

RSTA Committee Reports


The main topic of discussion at the recent technical committee meeting centred on CE Marking which becomes mandatory in UK in 2013. This is because the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) has now been ratified and will replace the Construction Products Directive. The UK managed to opt out of CE marking under the CPD but this will not be possible under the CPR as it will become a legal requirement. Any member who needs assistance with complying with the requirements of CE marking should contact the RSTA.

The Code of Practice 2008 version has been updated by a small working party and should be ready to circulate to ADEPT for endorsement later this month.
Sector Scheme 13A (Surface Dressing) has been merged with 13B (Slurry-Micro Surfacing) to form Sector Scheme 13 (Surface Treatments). This document should be available through UKAS from May and contains a number of changes, particularly affecting Appendix C on training and qualifications.

The committee have also reviewed BSEN 12272 Parts 1-3 and submitted comments to BSI committee B/510/02 to contribute towards the CEN 5 year review of these standards.


Likewise CE marking will also become mandatory for Slurry-micro Surfacing in 2013 so members are currently addressing what needs to be done in time to comply with this new legal requirement.

A new Code of Practice has been written by a small working party and this will be circulated to ADEPT for their endorsement in April. The new Code illustrates what best practice looks like and advises all stakeholders on how to achieve good quality.

The committee have also reviewed the suite of test methods contained within BS EN 12274 parts 1-8 and submitted comments to BSI Committee B/510/02. This work forms part of a 5 year CEN review of these standards.


The committee in association with ADEPT have now finalised a new Code of Practice which addresses client concerns over quality and durability. The new Code illustrates industry best practice and advises all concerned how to achieve good quality and durability.

The Committee is also organising the next Training Seminar for May 26th in Milton Keynes. This is aimed at updating managers, technicians and operatives on all aspects.


Two new Sub-Committees have emerged over the past 6-12 months. The Geosynthetics & Steel Meshes Sub-Committee have been meeting regularly to write a new Code of Practice. This is almost finished and will be discussed with ADEPT at a round table meeting on May 11th and presented at a seminar hosted by the SCI in London the next day!

Also in January a Recycling Sub-Committee formed to discuss ways of raising the industry profile. The members who attended agreed to write a Code of Practice to illustrate the main techniques now on offer and provide advice on technique selection, design and installation.

The Toolbox seminar continues to attract interest around the UK aimed at raising awareness of the many different techniques now on offer. All RSTA events can be found at

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