How to check whether a coupler is certified ?

The factories put the mark on the labels of the certified coupler. The certificate is valid for one factory and has got a maximum validity of 3 years.

What AFCAB requests to grant a certificate

The mark may be granted to the couplers. The mark is to attest that the certified couplers:

  • were initially assessed against a technical file to enable the performance of mechanical splices that fulfil the criteria of NF A 35-020,
  • are manufactured against drawings, and production documents provided at the initial assessment,
  • are checked at each stage of the manufacturing.

The checks that are performed :

The factory shall implement a quality system which is based on an sectorial application of the NF EN ISO 9001 standard. It shall in particular assure:

  • the control of the final check documents,
  • the check and the identification of the semi-finished products that may be purchased,
  • the identification of the finish products (labels and on-product marking),
  • the control of the manufacturing process,
  • the control of the conformity of the manufactured products,
  • the control of the measurement and test apparatus,
  • the control of non conformities and corrective actions,
  • the storage of records, especially the final test documents.

The certified factory is audited 2 times a year to verify the implementation of the certification rules and the quality documents. To perform these audits, AFCAB relies on the network of laboratories of “Ponts et chaussées” ans other competent bodies in the field of the reinforcing steels. The certification rules are available at "Quality documents".