Many products require CE marking before they can be sold in the EU. CE marking indicates that a product has been assessed by the manufacturer and deemed to meet EU safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. It is required for products manufactured anywhere in the world that are then marketed in the EU.

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CE marking is only obligatory for products for which EU specifications exist and require the affixing of CE marking.

Some products are subject to several EU requirements at the same time. You must make sure that your product complies with all the relevant requirements before affixing the CE marking to it. It is forbidden to affix the CE marking to products for which EU specifications do not exist or do not require the affixing of CE marking.

The mark indicates that a product:

  • Fulfills the requirements of relevant European product directives
  • Meets all the requirements of the relevant recognized European harmonized performance and safety standards
  • Is fit for its purpose and will not endanger lives or property

Identify the applicable Directive(s)

The first step is to identify whether the product needs to bear CE marking or not. Not all products are required to bear CE marking, only the products that fall within the scope of at least one of the sectoral directives requiring CE marking. There are more than 20 sectoral product directives requiring CE marking covering, but not limited to, products such as electrical equipment, machines, medical devices, toys, pressure equipment, PPE, wireless devices, and construction products.

Identifying which directive(s) may be applicable, as there may be more than one, involves a simple exercise of reading the scope of each directive to establish which apply to the product (Such as the “Low Voltage Directive,” 2014/35/EU). If the product does not fall within the scope of any of the sectoral directives, then the product does not need to bear CE marking (and, indeed, must not bear CE marking).


Identify the applicable requirements of the Directive(s)

Each Directive has slightly different methods of demonstrating conformity depending on the classification of the product and its intended use. Every Directive has a number of ‘essential requirements’ that the product has to meet before being placed on the market.

The best way to demonstrate that these essential requirements have been met is by meeting the requirements of an applicable ‘harmonized standard,’ which offer a presumption of conformity to the essential requirements, although the use of standards usually remains voluntary. Harmonized standards can be identified by searching the ‘Official Journal’ on the European Commission’s website, or by visiting the New Approach website established by the European Commission and EFTA with the European Standardisation Organisations.


Identify an appropriate route to conformity

The process is not always a self-declaration process, there are various ‘attestation routes’ to conformity depending on the Directive and classification of the product. Many products (such as invasive medical devices, or fire alarm and extinguisher systems, Pressure Equipment, Lifts, etc.) in most cases, have a mandatory requirement for the involvement of an authorized third party e.g. a “notified body”.

There are various attestation routes which include:

1. An assessment of the product by the manufacturer.

2. An assessment of the product by the manufacturer, with an additional requirement for mandatory factory production control audits to be carried out by a third party.

3. An assessment by a third party (e.g. EC type test), with the requirement for mandatory factory production control audits to be carried out by a third party.


Assessment of the product's conformity

When all of the requirements have been established, the conformity of the product to the essential requirements of the Directive(s) needs to be assessed. This usually involves assessment and/or testing, and may include an evaluation of the conformity of the product to the harmonized standard(s) identified in step 2.


Compile the technical documentation

Technical documentation, usually referred to as the technical file, relating to the product or range of products needs to be compiled. This information should cover every aspect relating to conformity and is likely to include details of the design, development, and manufacture of the product.

Technical documentation will usually include:

1. Technical description

2. Drawings, circuit diagrams, and photos

3. Bill of materials

4. Specification and, where applicable, EU declaration of conformity for the critical components and materials used

5. Details of any design calculations

6. Test reports and/or assessments

7. Instructions

8. EU declaration of conformity

9. Technical documentation can be made available in any format (i.e. paper or electronic) and must be held for a period of up to 10 years after the manufacture of the last unit, and in most cases reside in the European Economic Area (EEA).


Make a declaration and affix the CE marking

When the manufacturer, importer, or authorized representative is satisfied that their product conforms to the applicable Directives, an EU declaration of conformity must be completed or, for partly completed machinery under the Machinery Directive, an ECU declaration of incorporation.

The requirements for the declaration vary slightly, but will at least include:

1. Name and address of the manufacturer

2. Details of the product (model, description and the serial number where applicable)

3. List of applicable sectoral Directives and standards that have been applied

4. A statement declaring that the product complies with all of the relevant requirements

5. Signature, name, and position of the responsible person

6. The date that the declaration was signed

7. Details of the authorized representative within the EEA (where applicable)

8. Additional Directive/standard specific requirements

9. In all cases, except for the PPE Directive, all of the Directives can be declared on one declaration.

10. Once an EU declaration of conformity has been completed, the final step is to affix the CE marking to the product. When this has been done, the CE marking requirements have been met for the product to be placed legally on the EEA market.

  • Manufacturer's details (name and address, etc.)
  • Essential characteristics the product complies
  • Any European standards and performance data
  • If relevant the identification number of the notified body
  • A legally binding signature on behalf of the organization.


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• CE Mark is mandatory to market your products in Europe
• CE Mark ensures that the product is safe for human use
• CE Marked products can be circulated freely in 30 EEA countries
• It has become a requirement in the global market
• It is required in Indian government tenders also
• CE Marking increases image of product in market

For CE Marking first of all applicable EU Directives & EN standards has to be identified. Your need to decide most suitable CE Marking module. Product needs to be tested against requirements of relevant EN standards. Technical construction file of product is prepared. At last you need to sign an “EU declaration of Conformity”. After completing all these steps you need to call CDG auditor for final review of products & documents. After successful review you will be granted ‘CE Marking Certificate”.

Toys, Machines, Electrical & Electronic equipment, Personal protective equipment, Pressure equipment, Medical devices, In vitro diagnostic, Radio & Telecommunications terminal equipment, Simple pressure vessels, Gas appliances, Lifts, Recreational craft, Equipment, and protective systems for use in explosive atmospheres, Cableways, Construction products, Explosives for civil use, New hot water boilers, weighing & Measuring Equipment.

To sell your products in European Countries CE Marking is required. List of different European countries is as follows:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom