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The introduction of Eurocodes to engineering practice represents an importantchange in the approach to geotechnical engineering, as for the first time there is a unified set of codes dealing with the main structural materials including the ground. All of the Eurocodes adopt a limit state design philosophy which is different from the lumped factor of safety approach adopted by traditional geotechnical design practice. This paper examines the implications of the introduction of the Eurocodes, in particular EN1997, when assessing the stability of earthworks. It outlines the various committees responsible for the development of the codes and discusses the application...

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