News

Industry-led procurement solution holds the key to a positive future for steel


14 March 2017

CARES article published in Concrete – March 2017.  Lee Brankley of CARES finds optimism for the steel sector in the publication of Government procurement advice and its new Industrial Strategy.

BSI publishes BS 8548:2017 Guidance for arc welding of reinforcing steel


22 February 2017

The British Standards Institute (BSI) published this new standard in January 2017. Over recent years therehasbeenasignificantgrowthinthespecification of pre-assembled welded fabrications. This standard aims to clarify the requirements of BS EN ISO 17660-1 and BS EN ISO 17660-2 and provide suitable guidance for the arc welding of carbon steel reinforcing bars produced in accordance with BS 4449 and BS 4482.

 

Procurement changes bring new focus for contractors sourcing steel products


24 January 2017

New government guidelines designed to help create a “level playing field” for UK steel producers are expected to start to have a significant impact on steel product procurement during 2017.

Electronic Certificates of approval


16 December 2016

CARES issues electronic certificates of approval

ISO 9001:2015 Transition Seminar


14 December 2016

CARES Planned Transition workshops early in 2017

CARES releases its annual sustainability report


01 December 2016

CARES has released its Sustainable Constructional Steel Scheme Sector Report 2015/16.  It demonstrates how a CARES-approved supply chain for constructional steel can help reduce business risk and provide top-line benefits.

CARES at the heart of Middle East building certification improvements


24 October 2016

The role of CARES in providing certification to companies working towards improved construction standards in the Middle East is extending fast in 2016.

BES 6001 Green light from accreditation body UKAS welcomed by CARES


15 July 2016

CARES became a BES 6001 Licensee earlier this year (March) and immediately applied for UKAS accreditation.

ISO 9001:2015 transition guidance


20 June 2016

The ISO 9001:2015 QMS standard was published on 30th  September 2015 with a 3 year transition period until 30th September 2018.

ISO 14001:2015 transition guidance


08 June 2016

The ISO 14001:2015 EMS was published on 15th September 2015. The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the ISO Committee on Conformity Assessment (CASCO) have agreed to a three year transition period until 15th September 2018.

Transition Deadlines


07 June 2016

IMPORTANT TRANSITION INFORMATION:-

TRANSITION TO BS EN ISO 14001:2015 to be completed before September 15th 2018

TRANSITION TO BS EN ISO 9001:2015 to be completed before September 30th 2018

Recognition for CARES-approved companies in US Green Building Council's LEED certification


05 April 2016

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) have confirmed that BRE-verified EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) to EN 15804 are acceptable in LEED assessments.

BSI publishes revision to BS 4449


01 April 2016

The British Standards Institute (BSI) released a revision to BS 4449 on 31 March. The changes to the standard have been made in response to concerns about the addition of alloying elements to rebar and the amount of these elements added that may not have been previously reported.

BRE welcomes CARES as a BES 6001 licensee


03 March 2016

BRE operates a licensing scheme for its BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Framework Standard for Construction Products. Last week BRE welcomed CARES as the most recent licensee for BES 6001.

CARES releases its annual sustainability report


07 December 2015

CARES has released its Sustainable Constructional Steel Scheme Sector Report 2014/15. It demonstrates how a CARES-approved supply chain for constructional steel can help reduce business risk and provide top-line benefits.

CARES welcomes UK government procurement policy for steel


27 November 2015

CARES supports the initiative of the UK government to give preference to procuring products which are able to demonstrate compliance with a recognised responsible sourcing scheme, certified by a third party.

Why use CARES-approved continuity strips?


17 November 2015

Continuity strips are one of the many reinforced concrete products and systems in the market that are not covered by national or international product standards. However, users of these bespoke products and systems need to have the same level of product quality assurance that they would expect for rebar, a safety critical structural material.

ISTA joins CARES’ Policy Advisory Committee


09 November 2015

CARES is pleased to announce that the International Steel Trade Association (ISTA) has joined its Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) as a Chairman’s nominee to the committee.

ISO 9001 2015 now published – how does this affect my CARES certification?


27 October 2015

ISO 9001 2015 has recently been published to replace the 2008 version. This standard acts as the basis for all steelmill and fabricator approvals, as well as CARES technical approvals and post-tensioning activities.

Dr George Somerville OBE, former Chairman of the Board of CARES, has died


14 September 2015

CARES is sad to report the death of its former Chairman of the Board, Dr George Somerville OBE, on 4 September 2015.

Update on CE marking of steel reinforcement


14 September 2015

CARES has produced a statement to help designers and consultants understand the relevance of CE marking for steel reinforcement.

Lee Brankley is appointed as Chief Executive Officer of CARES


13 August 2015

Lee Brankley has been appointed CEO of CARES by the Board of CARES. He has been Acting Chief Executive Officer of CARES since January 2015. He takes up the permanent role with immediate effect following the recent resignation of Ben Bowsher due to ill health.

Ben Bowsher stands down as Chief Executive Officer of CARES


06 August 2015

Ben Bowsher has informed the Board of CARES that, due to ill health, he is to stand down from his position of CEO with immediate effect. With great regret the Board has agreed to this.

Hot rolled flat steel products added to the Sustainable Constructional Steel Scheme


30 July 2015

CARES has developed an optional addition to the Sustainable Constructional Steel (SCS) Scheme that specifically addresses sustainability issues for the production of hot rolled flat steel products.

UK Contractors Group recommends use of CARES schemes


16 July 2015

UK Contractors Group (UKCG) have produced a new guide on Procuring responsibly sourced steel reinforcement for their members. The CARES Sustainable Constructional Steel (SCS) scheme and Steel for the Reinforcement of Concrete (SRC) scheme both feature prominently in the guide.

CARES sponsors the NCE UK Rail Conference


17 June 2015

CARES is one of the sponsors of the NCE UK Rail conference that takes place on 23-24 June in London. From drawing out lessons learned from Crossrail to exploring the recent developments on HS2, this event will provide insight from those delivering, designing and procuring these £multi-billion projects.

CARES launches new product conformity certification schedule


26 May 2015

CARES has developed an optional addition to the Steel for the Reinforcement of Concrete (SRC) Scheme that specifically addresses the technical and operational requirements for the manufacture of carbon steel bars for the reinforcement of concrete for use in the nuclear power sector and other mega projects.

CARES receives clean bill of health from UK Government


18 May 2015

CARES has recently received correspondence from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills confirming that CARES acted in an appropriate way in responding to the complaints CARES has received over the last 18 months.

Further statement by CARES regarding concerns over the quality of imported reinforcing steel


06 November 2014

There has been considerable concern spread about the compliance of reinforcing steel to BS 4449, manufactured in China, and imported into the UK.

Statement by CARES regarding concerns over the quality of imported reinforcing steel


26 August 2014

There has been panic spread about the compliance of reinforcing steel to BS 4449, manufactured in China, and imported into the UK. To date, despite much investigation by CARES, no evidence has been found to indicate that the physical product placed on the market did not comply with the product standard, BS 4449 2005.