Maintenance of the Eurocodes is an essential activity to preserve their credibility, integrity and relevance, as well as to ensure that they do not contain errors. The first phase of implementation and use of the Eurocodes is likely to give rise to technical, editorial and possibly legal questions. It might also identify technical and editorial mistakes. The Work Programme foresees different activities for the short term, medium term and long term.
Maintenance work will involve:
- correction of errors;
- technical amendments with regard to urgent matters of health and safety;
- technical and editorial improvements;
- resolution of questions of interpretation;
- elimination of inconsistencies and misleading statements.
Maintenance will be largely based on the feedback from the use of the Eurocodes in the Member States and on requests for revision from industrial organisations or public authorities.
Who is responsible for maintenance?
CEN/TC250 is responsible for the Maintenance of the Eurocodes, which will proceed according to CEN rules. Each SC will set up Maintenance Groups to evaluate matters referred to them or identified by them regarding a particular Eurocode. While questions of interpretation lie within the scope of SCs, any proposal for change will have to be approved by CEN/TC250 (cf. Policy Guidelines and Procedures for CEN/TC250 Structural Eurocodes – Maintenance of EN Eurocode Parts ).
JRC will – within the framework of the Administrative Arrangement with the DG GROW and of its institutional activities – support CEN/TC250 by the setup of a centralised help desk for interaction with national help desks and where appropriate and in liaison with the relevant International Technical Scientific Organisations, will provide support to resolve the scientific issues.
Maintenance activities will evolve according to CEN rules. […]