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Eurocodes are a set of harmonized technical rules developed by the European Committee for Standardisation for the structural design of construction works in the European Union.[1]

The purposes of the Eurocodes are:[1]

  • a means to prove compliance with the requirements for mechanical strength and stability and safety in case of fire established by European Union law.[2]
  • a basis for construction and engineering contract specifications.
  • a framework for creating harmonized technical specifications for building products (CE mark).

By March 2010 the Eurocodes are mandatory for the specification of European public works and are intended to become the de facto standard for the private sector. The Eurocodes therefore replace the existing national building codes published by national standard bodies (e.g. BS 5950), although many countries had a period of co-existence. Additionally, each country is expected to issue a National Annex to the Eurocodes which will need referencing for a particular country (e.g. The UK National Annex). At present take up of Eurocodes is slow on private sector projects and existing national codes are still widely used by engineers.


The Eurocodes are published as a separate European Standards, each having a number of parts. By 2002, ten sections have been developed and published:

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  1. ^ a b EN 1990:2002 E, Eurocode - Basis of Structural Design, CEN, November 29, 2001
  2. ^ European Council Directive 89/106/EEC

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