SIG Distribution has urged the construction industry to be vigilant in ensuring materials are compliant with European standards.

The company has advised the industry to choose construction materials with verified product compliance documents. Recent media reports claimed a significant portion of rebar imported from China has not been up to European safety standards, raising concerns over the quality of imported construction materials.

To address these concerns, SIG has launched SIG Assured – the new official stamp of reassurance that SIG will be displaying to show customers that every product it stocks meets all legislative requirements.

SIG Assured gives customers peace of mind that all products it stocks meet the requirements for a wide range of industry compliance standards and that the information will always be verified by third party experts. Customers can have access to all documentation immediately upon request.

“The industry is quite rightly disturbed, waking up to the realisation that cheaper imports may not meet standards and that the safety of professionals and customers could be so easily compromised through the use of materials that aren’t compliant with European regulations,” said Vaughan Taylor, business development director of SIG Construction Accessories. “We launched SIG Assured to reassure our customers that every product we stock meets all legal requirements.”

Mr Taylor added: “Of course, we mustn’t tar all imports from China with the same brush; this is why we encourage the industry to make use of schemes such as SIG Assured. We independently verify all of our suppliers and ensure that we can trace the provenance of every product we stock.”

SIG Assured covers industry compliance standards such as safety data sheets, Reach, CE marking and EUTR. The information available through SIG Assured is always verified by third party experts.