CE Marking - What you Need to Know
Earlier on this year the European Commission released the latest listing titles and references for the harmonised standards used to demonstrate conformity with the current EU EMC Directive 2004/108/EC. CE Marking is placed on several categories of products and is mandatory for medical devices, electrical and electronic equipment, machinery, personal protective equipment and toys. Here at Safety Fabrications, we’re proud of our CE Marking which demonstrates that all of our products and equipment complies fully with current legislation, making it safe for use all over the world.
Here is a list of interesting facts we’ve put together on CE Marking:
CE stands for Conformite Europeene which is French for European Conformity.
CE Marking is a self declaration where a manufacturer proves compliance with EU health, safety and environmental protection legislation and confirms that products comply with relevant requirements.
There are six separate steps to CE Marking:
- Identify the relevant directives and standards
- Verify the product’s specific requirements
- Identify whether an independent conformity assessment is necessary
- Test the product
- Draw up the technical documentation needed
- Add the CE Mark to the product
CE Directives affect manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers but the manufacturer is the party responsible for acquiring the CE Mark.
A product with a CE Mark can be sold all over the European Union and in some other countries, including Turkey.
CE Marking is not necessarily evidence of compliance – the technical documentation/technical file is.
A Declaration of Conformity is a legal claim that a product will comply with the relevant Directives and standards, though it is not evidence of compliance.
CE Marking does not guarantee product quality.
CE Marking is mandatory for all products that it applies to.
Unsafe products are shared in the EU via RAPEX, a rapid alert system on the measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing and use of products that pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers.
There is a very similar logo to the CE Mark – the same C and E letters are used, standing for Chinese Export or China Export – this has nothing to do with European Conformity and we’ve already written an article on how to spot the difference.
The size of the CE Mark must be at least 5mm high.
If the appearance and workmanship of a product does not allow for the CE Mark to be affixed on the product itself, then the Mark must be affixed to the packaging or accompanying documentation.