Everything you need to know about CE Certification:
What is the CE certification?
CE Certification stands for “European Conformity.” It is necessary for many products to be sold in the European Union. The CE Mark verifies that the products that are being sold in the EU have met all required safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. It is not just products that are made in the EU that have to have this certification, it is also products that are made in other countries and that are being sold in the European Union. CE certification symbolizes the CE that is primarily inserted on the backside of specific products sold in the (EU) European Union and the (EEA) European Economic Area.
Why is CE Certification Important?
CE Certification lets both consumers and regulators know that the particular product that is CE-Certified complies with the safety standards in the European Union. The safety standards were put in place to prevent people from experiencing injuries or health problems as a result of buying and using a product that was sold in the EU. It also helps to protect the environment because it requires manufacturers to comply with certain environmental standards as well.
How to Get a CE Certification?
For some products, it is required by law to have an independent assessment done by a notified body. If the notified body approves your company, then you will qualify for CE Certification. Once you have the CE Certification and after you pass all of our tests, then you will be able to display the CE mark on your products and sell them legally in the European Union.
Which Products Need a CE Mark?
- Electronic equipment
- Gas appliances
- Construction products
- Hot water boilers
- Explosives for civil use
- Equipment and system used for explosives
- Pressure equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Simple pressure vessels
- Telecommunication and radio terminal products
- Medical devices
Products that may be sold without a CE Mark
Many products require CE Certification to be sold in the European market. However, before starting this procedure, you should check whether your products belong to this group.
Keep in mind that the following categories of goods can be present in the market without a CE stamp:
How to obtain CE Certification?
In the case of CE Certification, no single authorizing body does all the procedures from scratch. A manufacturer must ensure the presence of the appropriate CE marking and compliance of products with all the existing regulations.
Below is the procedure of complying with the CE marking requirements:
- Identifying the applicable directives and standards;
- Verifying the requirements for the product;
- Collecting the supply chain data;
- Determining the necessity of assessment by an authorized body;
- Testing the product;
- Creating and keeping the required documentation;
- Affixing the CE marking and drawing up an EU Declaration of Conformity.
Responsibility of manufacturers for CE Certification
There is a standard procedure for CE certification. All manufacturers who decide to join the EU market must be familiar with it. First, the manufacturer shall make a conformity assessment and then create a technical file. After all the data are prepared, an EC Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is issued. Only then a CE Mark can be affixed to the product.
Responsibility of distributors for products with a CE Mark
As for EU distributors, they also must check the presence of a CE logo and its proper placement on the product. Moreover, they may check the product documentation to ensure that the CE stamp is valid.
What does CE Mark mean?
It’s a symbol generated by the manufacturer to testify that the product follows the EU regulations and one can sell the product in Europe. Thus, this is a must-have, especially for products that lie under the new approach detectives of the European Union.
Therefore, most products with CE marks indicate that the manufacturer of the product holds the onus and comply with all the legal requirements of safety, health, and environment set aside by the European Union. CE mark refers to a compulsory European Union marking responsible for governing the products sold within the (EEA) European Economic Area.
The mark signals a declaration from the manufacturer giving proof that the products are aligned with the New Approach Directives from the European Union. This regulation is set not only applies to goods within the threshold of the European Union but also to those goods produced and prepared to be sold in the EEA. Therefore, CE marking makes all products to be recognized in different countries where the products are under CE regulations.
Before any products that fall under these regulations are sold, a CE mark must be placed to make them accessible in the EU marketplace. Moreover, the CE mark indicates the following on a product:
1. The goods meet the pertinent requirements of the New Approach directives of the EU.
2. The products meet all the safety standards enacted in the CE marking requirements.
3. The product is free from danger to the environment and the lives of people.
CE Certification: Other Directives
Above the mentioned directives above, which are the most common for Electronic products, there are other directives such as Explosive, Medical Device, Lifting, Measurement & Control, and others. It’s the manufacturer with his supply chain responsibility, to verify the product meets all relevant requirements before putting the product on the market.
Become CE Certified with 360Compliance
The professional 360Compliance team may make CE Certification a convenient and fast procedure. The service includes:
- Fixed and transparent pricing policy;
- Full project management turnkey;
- Professional technical support;
- Testing & certification;
- Access to the global market in more than 195 countries.
With a CE certification, your company and our products get access to the European market. However, before displaying your product on the EU market, you must be acquainted with what is a CE certification, the products that need a CE mark, and what the CE mark stands for when placed on a product. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the 360Compliance team to get more than helpful advice on how to become part of the EU market.