European Union is currently a political and economic organization consisting of 28 member states with a total population of more than 500 million. One of the four basic freedoms granted by this union is the free movement of goods.
CE Marking signifies that the products meet all the requirements of the EU technical regulations and can be circulated among the member states of the EU without facing any technical barriers.
WHAT IS CE CERTIFICATE?
We see capital letters CE on many products in free movement in the European Economic Area. This marking, meaning Conformity with Europe, demonstrate that the products have been audited/assessed in terms of minimum safety, health and environmental requirements. You would see CE marking on a new telephone, food processor, TV set or crayons purchased in the European Community. CE marking also indicates fair competition among manufacturers as it enforces accountability and conformity with the same requirements.
WHAT IS THE USE OF CE CERTIFICATE?
A manufacturer who affixes CE marking to his products, declares that the products are in conformity with all necessary requirements (regulations and standards) and can be sold in the economic area. CE Certificate secures two great advantages for the business world and consumers. The business world acknowledges that products bearing CE marking can be sold in the European Economic Area without facing any barriers, and consumers feel assured that products they purchase meet all essential health, safety and environmental requirements. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to carry out conformity assessment of products, to prepare technical files, to acquire CE marking where necessary, to draw up EU Declaration of Conformity, and to affix CE marking to the products.
HOW TO GET CE CERTIFICATE?
All conformity assessment procedures (modules) including testing, inspection and/or CE certification must be completed before the product is placed on the market. Manufacturers should confirm the regulations covering their products, and if necessary, should apply to notified bodies designated to give conformity assessment services.
WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE EU DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY?
The EU Declaration of Conformity should contain the following information related to the product, manufacturer or representative, notified body where applicable, and harmonised standards:
- Unique identification of product,
- Name and address of manufacturer or authorised representative,
- Statement of sole responsibility of the manufacturer of this declaration,
- Identification of product allowing traceability, clear product photograph where appropriate,
- Relevant European Community directive,
- References to the relevant harmonised standards and/or specifications,
- Where applicable, the name and ID number of the notified body, description of the module and CE certificate information,
- Additional information, signature, name and function of designated signatory, and place and date of issue.
HOW TO AFFIX CE MARKING TO PRODUCTS?
The mark must take the form as seen in the below picture. The proportions must be respected even if the dimensions are changed. The CE marking must be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the product or to its data plate. However, where this is not possible or not warranted on account of the nature of the product, it must be affixed to the packaging, if any, and to the accompanying documents.