About CARES Product Certification

CARES Product Certification was developed to meet the needs of users of steel products for the reinforcement of concrete. CARES has acquired extensive experience in designing and operating certification schemes to meet the needs of the reinforced concrete industry.

CARES' certification covers all stages in the supply chain from the processing of raw materials, the manufacture of steel and construction products through to the product installation or delivery to the customer. CARES Product Certification is based on the application of three essential elements:

  • The manufacturers’ management system as defined by BS EN ISO 9001
  • The full requirements of the relevant product standards
  • The control of the manufacturers process in order that product of a consistent level of compliance will result

The control of these elements is incorporated into the requirements of the CARES Quality and Operations Assessment Schedules. These schedules are centred around the essential elements of the quality management system combined with additional requirements on process control and product testing as agreed by all relevant sectors of industry. CARES product certification ensures product conformity and consistent product quality.

CARES product certification is therefore comprehensive in its requirements, providing for:

  • good management control
  • consistent product and technical conformity
  • industry developed disciplines and rules
  • industry developed standards
  • management and auditing by industry professionals

Benefits of CARES Product Certification?

How an organisation is perceived and by whom it is known, is clearly of crucial importance to its success. A reputation for quality and the ability to reflect this in its corporate image has long been recognised as one of the most powerful weapons in any organisations armoury. CARES product certification helps to improve this image. Other reasons are:

  • improve consistency of products
  • competitive edge
  • enhancement of existing system
  • good business practice
  • a marketing tool
  • external recognition of your capabilities to consistently produce conforming products

CARES reduces the risk of buying and using steel which does not meet the requirements, and to enable feedback and corrective action in case problems arise. Major construction clients, designers and contractors, worldwide, recognise and even specify CARES and it's Product Certification Scheme in order to gain assurance of consistent product quality and technical competence.

Why choose CARES as your Certification Body?

Achieving CARES Product Certification requires considerable effort and commitment from a manufacturer. By achieving CARES Product Certification the manufacturer, his customers and structure owners will have the confidence that comes from knowing CARES approved firms are strictly assessed and periodically audited by CARES auditors. CARES approval is the beginning to improved process and business performance, as well as a professional supply chain.

CARES Approved firms have the opportunity to benefit from CARES' own on-going publicity programme and perhaps to take part in joint promotional campaigns. CARES provides free marketing support to promote successful approval and allows manufacturers to display its "quality mark" on publicity and stationery. In order to assist steel users as well as steel manufacturers, CARES will be pleased to provide speakers for internal or external conferences and meetings.

All Approved firms are automatically included in the CARES Approved Firms section of this web site.

Having invested so much in good Product Certification, it's essential that the market entrusts assessment to a Certification Body that understands the product and its supply chain. CARES - The sensible choice of the reinforcing steel sector.