CE certification represents the CE mark that is placed on the backside of certain products sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Union (EU). Literally speaking, CE is an abbreviation of a French phrase that means ‘European Conformity. When a CE stamp is placed on the backside of a product, this marking signifies that the product is able to be distributed within the EU and the EEA. Read about Brexit and CE Mark here.
The symbol for European conformity consists of a CE mark. The CE stamp is a logo with the letters C and E. Products might also include a four digit id number that represents the process and governing body responsible for the certification.
If you are interested in finding out more about distribution regulations within the European Union, contact us for information. We are CE marking consultants, so whether you are trying to obtain a certificate for your product or you are searching for a CE testing facility, we can guide you through the process. Call us today at 9999730333 to receive a free quote for our services to find out more about compliance regulations.
A CE certificate of compliance allows a product to move and be sold freely throughout the European market. This mark provides proof for the consumer that the product meets the environmental, safety and health requirements set by the EEA. A guarantee of compliance is not a quality assurance. It simply means that the product meets the requirements to be sold in the EU.
It is important to be aware of the fact that a CE stamp does not imply that a product was made in the EEA. A mark of European conformity means that it has been assessed and passed environmental, safety and health requirements that the EEA has set in order for a product to be sold in the EEA.
Products that are traded in the European Economic Area must include a mark of European conformity. The EEA includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and Croatia. Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, for some products it accepts the CE symbol as a declaration of conformity to Swiss national technical regulations.
A large number of products require licenses in order to be sold in the European Union. It can be frustrating trying to determine what types of international certifications are required. As a certification consultant, we can help get your product up to code and in compliance with international law.
- Electronic products
- Telecommunication equipment
- IT equipment
- Household appliances
- Electromagnetic compatibility products
- Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
- Household refrigerators and freezers
- Measuring instruments
- Personal protective equipment
- Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment
- Any product that operates on voltage (AA battery, car battery, 110v or 220V, etc), including but not limited to household appliances, IT equipment with
- No telecom, fitness trackers (ie: Fitbit), hand held power tools, etc.
Get your CE certificate of compliance with Filingbuzz. We are consultants, we are not a testing lab and we are not a manufacturer for products. However, we do have relationships with testing labs and we can guide manufacturers through the certification process.
We have helped numerous companies become certified to market their products in the European Union. Our expertise in CE compliance and our international partnerships with testing laboratories, product manufacturers and regulatory agencies makes our company a one-stop-shop for all of your certification needs.
What is CE marking?
CE marking on a product is mandatory. It proves it meets minimum legal requirements of the relevant Directive, which allows it to be placed legally on the market in any European member state. CE marking gives your company easier access into the European market to sell your products without adaptation or rechecking.
What is the CE marking process?
You will need to:
- Identify the Directive(s) that are applicable to your product
- Identify the conformity assessment procedure for your product and Directive
- Determine the dates by which you must take action
- Identify if there are any Harmonised European Standards applicable to your product
- Ensure the product complies with all the essential requirements of the Directive(s)
- Identify whether independent assessment of your conformity is required by a Notified Body, such as BSI
- Maintain Technical Documentation required by the Directive(s)
- Prepare the Declaration of Conformity and the required supporting evidence
- Check that no other purely national requirements exist in the country where the product is to be sold
- Contact us to arrange for testing of your product
- If all requirements are met, you can then affix the CE mark on your product and/or packaging
What are the benefits of CE marking?
CE marking allows you to sell your product in the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA). By implementing the requirements you may also find that your product is safer and more reliable; therefore reduce the risk of customer dissatisfaction.
What products need to be CE marked?
Products which require the CE mark are those that fall under one or more of the European Commission product directives, also known as the New Approach Directives. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Electrical equipment
- Medical devices (including active implantable MDs and in vitro diagnostics)
- Construction products
- Personal protective equipment
- Pressure equipment
- Radio equipment
- Gas appliances
- Simple pressure vessels
How do I check my product is CE marked?
The easiest way to check that a product has CE marking is to look for the symbol. It should be on the product itself, or on the packaging or information that came with it.
If you suspect that a manufacturer is misusing the CE mark, you can request a certificate of conformity and/or a declaration of performance. This should provide test results and other information about how the item meets the relevant requirements as well as stating which harmonised European Standard the product has been CE marked as conforming to.
Are CE mark testing standards compulsory?
If a product falls under at least one of the relevant directives and there is a relevant harmonised standard, then yes, the testing standards are mandatory, and products must conform to those requirements.
What are an importers responsibilities regard to CE marking?
When products are manufactured overseas, importers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the applicable directives. In these situations, the importer is considered the manufacturer.
There have been cases when an importer has not been able to produce the requested documentation to prove CE marking compliance, and Customs authorities have refused entry for the shipment.
What are a sellers responsibilities with regard to CE marking?
Sellers have a legal responsibility to ensure that all relevant goods they sell have appropriate CE marking. In the UK, the penalty for supplying non-compliant products is imprisonment or a fine.
Under these regulations, authorities can enter premises, test products and seize both documentation and goods. Authorities can also force manufacturers to recall or replace faulty items. In the UK the enforcement agency is Trading Standards.
What is the relation between CE marking and product liability?
According to the European Product Liability Directive, consumers do not have to prove that a product has caused damage. Since manufacturers are liable for the damage caused by a defect in a product, they must be the ones to prove that a product is not at fault.
Because CE marking usually includes minimum safety requirements, manufacturers can use certificates of conformity, relevant test results and other documentation related to CE marking to demonstrate compliance. However, CE marking does not indicate that a product has been approved as safe by the EU or any other authority.
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