Consulting for the CE mark
What is CE marking?
CE Marking is symbolized by CE. The actual words signified by “CE” are the abbreviation of the French word “Conformité Européenne” which means “European Conformity”. CE Marking on a product is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of European legislation on health, safety and environmental protection or otherwise of the so-called Product Directives. CE marking is an evidence for the government officials that the product may be legally part of their markets.
What are EU Directives?
An EU Directive is a form of legislation that sets out requirements the company’s products must meet in order to sell them into Europe.
The European Union introduced a series of measures to simplify the movement of goods throughout the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA). New Approach Directives provide controls on product design and above all, seek to harmonize product safety requirements across Europe.
The directives cover a very wide range of product areas including construction products, personal protective equipment and pressure equipment. Their primary objective is to ensure that the products are well designed, and safe for the user.
Systems assessment and technical file assessments can be mandatory, but sometimes the manufacturer’s unverified claim is all that’s asked for. If the company claims that their product complies and it doesn’t, it will be prosecuted.
What is declaration of conformity?
When a product is according to the harmonized European standards or compatible with a technical European assessment released for that, the manufacturer must document an EU declaration of conformity for a product releases in the market. By doing this, he must take responsibility for the EU declaration of conformity according to the declared performance. The manufacturers must keep the technical documentation and the EU declaration of conformity for a 10-year period after the sale of the product.
How is the independent assessment of the products done?
According to each product, they are assessed independently to be registered as a CE Mark. Some testing needs to be done by accredited laboratories, which assess the conformity of the product based on the directives.
The validity of these tests last until one or more of the components of the product don’t change, otherwise new testing is required and a new declaration of conformity needs to be created.
What are the benefits of CE marking?
CE marking allows the company to sell its products in the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA). CE marking gives the company easier access into the European market to sell their products without adaptation or rechecking. By implementing the requirements the company may also find that their product is safer and more reliable; therefore reduce the risk of customer dissatisfaction. By doing this, the customers are assured that the products have the demanded European standards.