Open Sectoral Meeting

On April 17, 2018 the Office of Effective Regulation and the Ukrainian Center for Steel Construction, with the support of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine held the Open Sectoral Meeting "The Safety of Buildings and Structures: Problems of an Outdated Regulatory Framework and Counterfeit in Construction".


Participating in the meeting, the SE NIISK Director Gennadiy G. Farenyuk explained that today the Ukraine’s construction sector regulatory framework requires the serious improvement due the state and main problems in its development.

Construction norms and standards, in combination with conformity and serviceability assessment procedures, constitute the sphere of construction technical regulation and are interconnected with a set of documents aimed at ensuring the construction objects and life environment reliability and safety.
The construction norms and regulations reviewing at least once every five years from the date of their entry into force or the last check, if they should not be checked earlier, is a topical issue.

As of April 2018, in the regulation system for construction:
- 110 DBNs are in force, but 95 of them require revision (approved to 2013 inclusive);
- 42 SNiPs are in force, but require revision (approved to 1991 inclusive);
- 14 SN are in force, but require revision (approved to 1985 inclusive).

The analysis of construction norms as to their compliance with the current legislation requirements and their coherence and updating support has showed the necessity of their revision with the purpose of:
- updating of current building standards by means of their revision in general;
- bringing them in compliance with the Law of Ukraine "On Construction Norms" regarding the disclosure of mandatory requirements and provisions;
- bringing them in compliance with the current legislation in the field of urban development activities;
- ensuring the interdependence with related normative acts and regulatory documents;
- updating of terms and concepts;
- eliminating the inconsistencies in the wording and presentation of mandatory construction norms requirements and provisions in accordance with DSTU B .1.1-91: 2008 «System of standardization and regulation in construction. Requirements for the formulation, presentation, design and publication of building norms";
- updating of normative references in accordance with the Orders of the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine and other central executive authorities;
- updating bibliographic references.

As of April 2018, in the standardization system for construction:
- 884 normative documents are in force and 761 documents of them require revision (adopted to 2013 inclusive);
- 531 effective normative documents are harmonized with international and European standards; 248 normative documents of them should be revised (adopted to 2013 inclusive);
- 5 effective normative documents are harmonized with ETAG and should be revised (adopted to 2013 inclusive);
- 5 effective normative documents are harmonized with EOTA GD and should be revised (adopted to 2013 inclusive).
To date, a large and extremely important work is carried out for the formation and improvement of the regulatory framework integrated into the international legal space of technical regulation in construction.
For example, the number of European standards selected based on the UCND codes for Classes 91 "Building Materials and Construction" and 93 "Civil Construction" according to DK 004: 2008 "Ukrainian Classifier of Regulatory Documents (ICS: 2005, MOD)" was determined.
The general list of European standards contains 2857 items, 748 of which were enacted as national standards. The analysis allowed to find out 373 national standards harmonized with European standards that should be revised (adopted before 2013 inclusive).
The main direction of the normative base development in Ukraine is the introduction and updating of national standards harmonized with the relevant parts of Eurocodes. The analysis of 58 national standards harmonized with the Eurocodes relevant parts has discovered among them 20 national standards that should be revised in order to introduce the changes and amendments adopted in the EU (one revised Eurocode 6 (Part 1-1 ) and 15 changes and 6 amendments to the Eurocodes relevant parts).
In order to integrate the regulatory framework into the international legal space of construction technical regulation, the work continues for the adoption of harmonized European standards falling within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 305/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which establishes harmonized conditions for construction products placing on the market and repeals Council Directive 89/106 / EEC as a national standard.
During the analysis, 444 harmonized European standards were found, 152 of which were adopted as national standards. In connection with adopting in the EU the harmonized European standards new versions, 25 harmonized European standards adopted as national standards and requiring revision were found.
During the event, the key meeting participants discussed issues relating to the outdated regulatory framework, the lack of standards harmonized with the European ones, the falsification of construction products, and the peculiarities of tender procedures and market surveillance.


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