What is CE Marking ?

Author: CE Mark Consultancy    Category: Business Services   Date Added: 2009-01-07

What is CE Marking (CE Mark)?

CE Marking is the symbol as shown opposite. The term initially used was the "EC Mark" and it was officially replaced by "CE Marking" in the Directive 93/68/EEC in 1993. "CE Marking" is now used in all EU official documents.

The Term "CE Mark" is also in use, but it is NOT the official term.

What does CE Marking Mean :

- CE Marking on a product is a manufacturer`s declaration that the product complies with the essential health & safety requirements of the relevant Article 100A, European health, safety and environmental protection legislation, also known as Product Directives.

 CE Marking on a product indicates to governments that the product may be legally placed on the market in their country.

 CE Marking on a product ensures the free movement of the product within the EFTA & European Union (EU) single market (total 28 countries)

 CE Marking indicates to customers that the product meets designated minimum safety standards and therefore a minimum level of quality,

 CE Marking promotes public health and safety, and enhances product credibility,  CE Marking on a product permits the withdrawal of the non-conforming products by customs and enforcement authorities.

However, many non-EU exporters are still unaware of or are unsure about this fact and its impact on their business.

The Product Directives contain the "essential health & safety requirements" and/or "performance levels" to which the products must conform.

Harmonized Standards are the technical specifications (European Standards or Harmonization Documents) which are established by several European standards agencies (CEN, CENELEC, etc). To which a product may be tested or assessed, if the product conforms then this MAY give a presumption of Conformity with the relevant Directive.

CEN stands for European Committee for Standardization. CENELEC stands for European Committee for Electro-technical Standardization.

CE Marking is mandated by New Approach Directives. Many products are covered by these directives, and to be placed on the market in the EU, some must bear CE Marking - it`s a legal requirement.

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