What is a European Assessment Document (EAD)? Print

The European Assessment Document (EAD) is a document adopted by the European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) for the purposes of issuing European Technical Assessments (ETAs). The EAD is a harmonized technical specification.

The EAD is drawn up and adopted by EOTA based on an application to issue an ETA submitted by the manufacturer in relation to a construction product that is not covered, or is not fully covered by a harmonized standard, i.e. whose performance, in relation to its essential characteristics, cannot be fully assessed based on the existing harmonized standard, inter alia due to the following:

•   the product does not fall within the scope of any existing harmonized standard;
•   for at least one essential characteristic of that product, the assessment method provided for in the harmonized standard is not appropriate;


•    the harmonized standard does not provide for any assessment method in relation to at least one essential characteristic of that product.

The procedure for drawing up and adopting the European Assessment Document complies with the provisions of Article 21 and Annex II to Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) No 305/2011.

The EAD shall comprise at least the following:

•   a general description of the construction product,
•   the list of essential characteristics, relevant for the intended use of the product as foreseen by the manufacturer and agreed between the manufacturer and the organization of TABs (EOTA),
•   the methods and criteria for assessing the performance of the product in relation to those essential characteristics.

The EAD shall also specify the factory production control procedures to be applied, taking into account the conditions of the manufacturing process of the construction product concerned.

According to the transitional provisions of Art. 66 (3) of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) No 305/2011, the European Technical Approval Guidelines (ETAG) published by EOTA before 1 July 2013 in accordance with the provisions of Article 11 of Directive 89/106/EEC, may be used as European Assessment Documents.