Six steps to CE marking 3
What is the CE mark?
The CE mark (above) is a symbol that a manuacturer (see denition below) axes to a product so that itcan be sold in Europe. The mark is mandatory or products which all under one o 24 European directives.The CE mark means that the manuacturer takes responsibility or the compliance o a product withall applicable European health, saety, perormance and environmental requirements. CE stands or“Conormité Européenne,” the French or European conormity.The mark is required in all 27 member states othe EU, as well as Iceland, Norway, andLiechtenstein. Switzerland accepts the CE markor some products and Turkey actually requiresthat many products be CE marked.
The bottom line: CE marking providesaccess to a market o over 500 millionconsumers.CE is not like other certication marks.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) marks, or example,can only be used when those organizations have determined that a product meets applicable standards.European organizations do not grant authorization to use the CE mark as it is not owned by any particularbody. The manuacturer is responsible or its proper use.The manuacturer, whether established inside or outside the EU, is ultimately responsible or axing theCE mark and is also responsible or its proper use. The manuacturer established outside the EU mayappoint an authorized representative established in the EU to act on his behal. CE marking is about morethan axing a symbol to a product.
Follow the subsequent six steps to learn about the CE marking process.
Denition o manuacturer:
The natural or legal personwith responsability or thedesign, manuacture, packaging andlabelling o a device beore it is placedon the market under its own name.