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CE Marking

 

1. General Information
  2. Directives
  3. Compliance Options
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General Information

The Law

  • CE Marking is not an option, it is a law in Europe.
  • The law is based on mandatory European Directives adopted and enforced in all member countries of the European Union (EU).
  • A product that is not CE marked is automatically considered to be non-compliant.
  • The law is enforced through market surveillance by appointed national enforcement agencies. Imported products are checked for compliance at customs offices.
  • Businesses selling products in Europe include CE marking requirements in their purchasing contracts.
The CE Mark
  • Is a marking that is affixed on the product by the manufacturer.
  • Is a legally binding statement by the manufacturer that the product meets the relevant requirements of all the applicable Directive.
  • Is not a certification or approval mark issued by a third Party.
  • Allows entry and free movement of the product in the European market.
Cost of Non-Compliance
  • Product can be stopped at customs and prevented from entering Europe.
  • If previously placed on the market, product can be withdrawn.
  • Could result in prosecution and fine.
  • Could result in loss of good reputation and bad publicity for the manufacturer.
Manufacturer's Obligations
  • Determine which Directives apply.
  • Comply with the requirements of all applicable directives.
  • Issue a Declaration of Conformity (DOC).
  • Affix the CE Marking on conforming products.
  • Maintain the required documentation as evidence of compliance.
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