EU CE Marking
Considered as a single entity, the European Union has the largest economy in the world, with a GDP of 13.4 trillion USD (2005). In 2006, there were 492 million Europeans in the 27 countries. Accessing this market is obviously vital for most companies’ success.
Managing and overcoming these technical barriers to trade through determining what Directives and standards apply, which conformity assessment route to take, is an arduous task, yet a vital task.
What is CE marking?
By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer, or its representative, or the importer assures that the item meets all the essential requirements of all applicable EU directives. Examples of European Directives requiring CE marking include toy safety, medical devices, machinery, low-voltage equipment, R&TTE, and Electromagnetic compatibility. There are about 25 Directives requiring CE marking.
The manufacturer, whether established inside or outside the Community, is the person ultimately responsible for the conformity of the product with the provisions of the relevant Directive(s) and for the affixing of the CE marking. The manufacturer may appoint an authorized representative established in the Community to act on his behalf. The person responsible for placing the product on the market may, exceptionally, be deemed to have assumed the responsibilities of the manufacturer.
What are the key benefits?
• Access the world’s second largest importer (and largest exporter)
• It is mandatory to understand your obligations and demonstrate compliance
• Working with a Compliance Partner from project concept helps reduce project life cycle timescales / budget
• Combining CE marking with other certifications such as CB Scheme, USA/Canada Safety Certification, CCC, GOST-R, etc… can further reduce timescales and costs.
WHY CHOOSE BUREAU VERITAS?
Reputation - What price peace of mind? For over 100 years, we have worked successfully with leading electrical and electronic product manufacturers, importers, retailers and operators around the world to help them better manage risk and assure regulatory compliance. The reassurance of consulting an officially recognized conformity assessment body like Bureau Veritas is invaluable. Working with Bureau Veritas adds more than applicable regulation to your product. It also gives you a high degree of credibility that few others can match.
Worldwide Locations - With dedicated and experienced approvals engineers in every major sourcing area worldwide, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.
Technical Knowledge & Leadership - Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in the various approvals requirements and certification methods.
Personalized Service - At Bureau Veritas, we are committed to meeting your evolving needs and helping you anticipate new market trends. We offer you customized and specialized services to meet your Compliance needs throughout your supply chain. When asked to intervene early, we offer suggestions to ensure that approval is met at a later stage, but we are careful not to sacrifice creativity and innovation in the process. We recognize that some standards and regulations can make a designer feel restricted, and our aim is therefore to help you manage the complexity. Together, we acknowledge your desire to create a product that is aesthetically pleasing as well as safe, reliable, high performing and efficient. Providing you with the highest levels of service is a priority for us.
FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How big or small must the CE marking appear?
The CE marking must not be less than 5mm in its vertical height, the proportions must also be maintained. If a Notified Body has been involved, that Notified Body's Identification Number must also be included next to the CE marking.