CE marking for the EU, EEA

CE marking on a product is a manufacturer's declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety, and environmental protection legislation, put in practice by many of the Product Directives. CE marking on a product ensures the free movement of the product within the EFTA & European Union (EU) single market, and CE marking on a product permits the withdrawal of the non-conforming products by customs and enforcement/vigilance authorities.

The CE marking is affixed only by the manufacturer or the authorized representative. The CE marking is placed only on products which meet specific EU community harmonization legislation, and cannot be placed on any other product. By affixing or having affixed the CE marking, the manufacturer indicates the responsibility for the conformity of the product with all applicable requirements set out in the relevant EU community harmonization legislation. The CE marking is the only marking which attests to the conformity of the product with the applicable requirements of the relevant EU community harmonization legislation.

Any other marking may be affixed to the product provided that the visibility, legibility, and meaning of the CE marking is not thereby impaired. Member States, through Competent Authorities, ensure the correct implementation of the processes governing the CE marking and take appropriate action in the event of improper use of the marking. Member States also provide for penalties for infringements, which may include criminal sanctions for serious infringements. Those penalties are proportionate to the seriousness of the offence and seem to constitute an effective deterrent against improper use.

If you manufacture or import a product which falls within the scope of one or more of the Directives and wish to place your product on the market in any of the member states of the European Economic Area (EEA), then you must apply CE Marking to your product with respect to the essential requirements of all applicable directives. The Directives will provide a range of compliance routes for your product and show you, usually in a modular format, the available routes to compliance. You must then decide which is the best fit for your company, set up, and follow the routes detailed in the Directive. In many cases the compliance route will require you to use a Notified Body to assist with your certification, unless the route is self-certificaiton. The essential requirements of the Directives differ from directive to directive and product to product. We offer CE marking services for all the Directives.

IRQS has CE marked over 450 products.