CE Certification

CE Certification

Applications related to the CE (Conformité Européenné) label and CE Certification started in 1985 and still continue today. It would not be wrong to make an analogy that the CE label is attached to the product’s license, identity and even the passport with the most correct expression, within the framework of the technical legislation determined by the EU Commission. Just as a citizen cannot move freely in his own country without an identity card and without a passport when going abroad, products do not have the right of free movement without a CE label.

CE marking applications are valid in countries that have signed the Customs Union Agreement. CE marking is not on a voluntary basis but is subject to a mandatory application. This is a two-way statement, that is, if the legislation prescribes the affixing of a CE label to a product, that product must bear the CE marking, but if the legislation does not foresee the CE marking for the relevant product, then affixing the CE marking turns into a wrong practice.

CE Certification Process :

The CE marking (Conformité Européene) is a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). The process of obtaining CE certification involves several steps:

Determine Applicability:

Identify whether your product falls under the scope of a specific European Union (EU) directive or regulation that requires CE marking. Different directives apply to different types of products.

Select the Appropriate Directive aor regulation (s):

Determine which EU directives are applicable to your product. Each directive outlines the essential requirements that the product must meet to obtain CE certification.

Identify Conformity Assessment Procedure:

Based on the selected directive, determine the appropriate conformity assessment procedure. There are various modules, and the choice depends on the nature of the product and the risks associated with its use.

Appoint an Authorized Representative:

If your company is located outside the EU, you may need to appoint an authorized representative within the EU to act on your behalf regarding regulatory compliance.

Conduct Product Testing:

Perform testing on your product to ensure that it meets the essential requirements outlined in the applicable directive. Testing may be conducted by the manufacturer or a third-party testing laboratory.

Compile Technical Documentation:

Prepare comprehensive technical documentation that demonstrates how your product complies with the essential requirements. This documentation should be kept on file and made available to authorities upon request.

Create a Declaration of Conformity:

Draft a Declaration of Conformity (DoC), a document stating that your product complies with the applicable directives. Include information about the product, the manufacturer, and details about the conformity assessment procedure.

Labeling Requirements:

Ensure that your product complies with any specific labeling requirements outlined in the relevant directive.

It’s important to note that the CE certification process can vary depending on the specific directive applicable to the product. Manufacturers should thoroughly understand the requirements of the relevant directive and follow the applicable conformity assessment procedures. Additionally, engaging with a notified body (if required) for certain products is often necessary for a third-party assessment of conformity.