CE-Marking Product-Certifications

What is CE Marking ?

CE stands for the French acronym  “Conformité Européenne” and it’s a regulatory marking symbolising that the products sold in the European market meets the health, safety and environmental requirements as desired by the European Union.

CE Marking on a product indicates that the manufacturer has proven compliance against the applicable directives and standards published in the “Official Journal of European Union”.

By applying CE Marking on the product & issuing an “EU Declaration of Conformity” one assures his product to be sold freely in any part of the European Economic Area (EEA) irrespective of its country of origin.

What Are CE Markings?

Manufacturers use CE markings to indicate that a product complies with European Union (EU) regulations and directives regarding health, safety and environmental protections. Products with this marking have free access to the EEA market. As such, the CE marking can be thought of as a trade passport — EU member states cannot restrict the market placement of products affixed with the CE marking without adequate evidence of non-compliance.

There are 24 directives that dictate which products require CE marking. These directives carry different requirements, and several directives may apply to a single product. These products include, but are not limited to:

  • Electronics.
  • Medical devices.
  • Toys.
  • Household refrigerators and freezers.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment.

Why CE Marking is required?

CE Marking is a mandatory requirement for products to be sold in the European Economic Area (EEA). CE marked products shall meet the set of regulations published by the European Union (EU) known as directives such as Machinery Directive (MD)-2006/42/EC, Low Voltage Directive (LVD) – 2014/35/EU, Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) – 2014/30/EU, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) – 2015/863. To comply with these directives one can take help of harmonised standards published in the “Official Journal of European Union”. By complying with relevant directives and harmonised standards one can make sure that his product is safe for user and environment and can ensure free movements of his products in the European Union.

The responsibility of affixing the CE marking on the products lies on the organisation placing it on the European Market. It can be Manufacturer himself, his authorised representative, importer, distributor or any other person or an organization.

Obtaining CE Certification

CE certification is unlike other comparable certification marks in that no single authorizing body or organization grants certification. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the CE marking is used appropriately and that products are compliant with all applicable directives and regulations.

Manufacturers must follow these steps to affix a CE marking:

  • Identify applicable directives and harmonized standards.
  • Verify the specific product requirements.
  • Collect applicable supply chain data for necessary technical files.
  • Determine whether an independent conformity assessment by a notified body is necessary.
  • Test the product and check its conformity.
  • Create and maintain all necessary technical documentation.
  • Affix the CE marking and draw up an EU Declaration of Conformity.

Why Do Products Need CE Certification?

For manufacturers and/or importers looking to sell into the EEA market, CE certification is vital. The CE marking serves as a trade passport within the European marketplace, allowing manufacturers to freely circulate certified products within the 30 countries that comprise the EEA. The CE marking has replaced past national regulations with a single harmonized set of regulations, eliminating the need to adapt products to the specific requirements of individual EEA member states. In short, CE marking simplifies compliance requirements for manufacturers selling or importing products in the EU.