How to Know If You Need CE Marking for Your Product
CE Marked fabrications are an indication and guarantee that the products supplied within the European Economic Area (EEA) market comply with all the relevant health & safety regulations that apply to these products. As the manufacturer, you should only put the CE marking on your product after you’ve conducted all the necessary tests, assessments, and evaluation of the conformity of the product to the health and safety directives.
But how will you know if you need the CE Marking for your product in the first place? Well, below is a summary of what you need to know about CE Marking and when to apply to your products. Please read on.
There are 28 EU Member States in the EEA association. These countries include:
United Kingdom (1973), Greece (1981), France (1957), Belgium (1957), Finland (1995), Luxembourg (1957), The Netherlands (1957), Estonia (2004), Italy (1957), Germany (1957), Denmark (1973), Lithuania (2004), Croatia (2013), Poland (2004), Slovakia (2004), Latvia (2004), Hungary (2004), Malta (2004), Sweden (1995), Spain (1986), Bulgaria (2007), Portugal (1986), Slovenia (2004), Romania (2007), Ireland (1973), Austria (1995), Czech Republic (2004), and Cyprus (2004).
However, there are other countries such as Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, who are members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), but do require CE Marking, except for Switzerland. Turkey is not an EU or EEA member but has implemented a variety of EU CE Marking regulations in their products, hence may need to apply CE Marking as well.
Therefore, if you’re planning to place your product or service in these countries, it’s necessary to consider CE Marking certification (more details on this and the steps to take next week).
CE Marking directives have been issued for the following products (some products have one or more directives applied to them):
Medical devices, construction products, cableways, pressure equipment, machinery, measuring equipment, electrical equipment, new hot water boilers, recreational craft, gas appliances, personal protective equipment, electronic equipment, explosives for civil use, protective systems and equipment used in explosive atmospheres, lifts, telecommunications terminal and radio equipment, and non-automatic weighing instruments.
Foodstuffs, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals do not require CE Marking. The European CE Marking regulations may not apply to your product, but the same product may fall within the scope of other national or European directives or the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC). All these directives aim at ensuring safe products are released to the market, even when no marking is required.
It’s important that you check out for all the European regulations and standards that apply to your product(s). And when you have the green light, identify the cost-effective and efficient methods you can use to do the CE Marking. Depending on your product’s level of risk, you can start by doing CE self-certification before involving a third party in your assessment and evaluation. Self-certification is recommended for products having minimal risk for their use and which the manufacturer can declare their conformity to the regulations. All the best as you embrace the health and safety regulations to your products!