Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) is an industry-led quality assurance scheme. It ensures participating fabricators have appropriate personnel and quality management systems in place representing international best-practice.
As with other construction materials, the current compliance regime for structural steelwork relies, for the most part, on self-inspection and self-certification. The SFC scheme – based on the European system that forms part of the CE-marking regulatory environment – raises the bar by providing independent, expert certification of New Zealand fabrication companies.
Importantly, SFC creates a point of difference for locally fabricated steel compared with imported product, and it provides procurers and specifiers – such as engineers, architects and contractors – with certainty of product quality and significantly reduced compliance risk.
The scheme is going from strength to strength. A total of 30 fabricators across New Zealand have now achieved certification under the scheme, ensuring that 86% of the local industry output is meeting international best practice.
The SFC qualification is now mandatory for all our fabricator members. In 2016 members of SCNZ voted unanimously to introduce the compulsory requirement showing overwhelming support for the SFC scheme and to raising industry standards.
Following on from this milestone, in 2018 SCNZ announced that the SFC scheme has been extended to include a site erection module. This addition is a natural progression for the development of the scheme as New Zealand’s structural steel contractors typically provide complete project management, and this module is formal recognition of this end-to-end approach. This latest enhancement makes our industry even more accountable for the final execution and delivery of a completed, compliant structure.