How to check whether a fixing company is certified ?

You can recognise a certified company by the mark on their certificate. This certificate is valid for one company or a department of this company exclusively devoted to fixing reinforcing steels. It has got a maximum validity of 3 years.

What AFCAB requests to grant a certificate

The requirements included in the certification rules of the enable to attest that the reinforcing steels fixed by the certified company:

  • are NF “Armatures” or NF “concrete reinforcing steels” certified,
  • are fixed strictly fulfilling the reinforcement drawings, the embedment rules, the requirements to put in place the accessories (especially the couplers),
  • are, when necessary, prepared on site without alteration of the properties of the steels, with bending mandrels fulfilling the requirements,
  • are checked at each stage of fixing.

The checks that are performed :

The certified fixing company 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 check that its means and skills fit to work to be done,
  • the control of the final check documents,
  • the check and the identification of the products that may be purchased, especially the origin of the reinforcing steels that are used,
  • the control of the preparation processes (especially on-site assembling) and of fixing,
  • the control of the conformity of the fixed steels (shapes, dimensions, diameters, quantities, positions, overlappings, embedment, rigidity of the assembling, state of the steels, straightened steels, accessories),
  • 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 qualification of personnel, especially for welding.

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” and other competent bodies in the field of the reinforcing steels. The certification rules are available at "Quality Documents".