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EU Authorised Representative & UK Responsible Person

By becoming your EU Authorised  Representative and/or UK Responsible Person, AR Experts represents you as your AR. We can be named on your packaging within 24 hours upon receiving a signed agreement. With over 25 years of experience, our team of 15+ experts will help you to obtain access to the EU/UK market.

AR & UKRP

An Authorised representative (AR)/UK Responsible Person (UKRP) can be of service for manufacturers based outside of the EU/UK who want to sell their product on the EU/UK market. An AR/UKRP acts on behalf of the manufacturer and ensures that the products being sold on the EU/UK market comply with the European/UK product compliance legislations. This concerns products that are sold either directly, via e-commerce (online), or through a fulfilment service provider.

Challenges an AR can solve for you

The responsibilities of manufacturers that are based within the EU/UK are straightforward, but for manufacturers based outside of the EU/UK who sell on the EU/UK market, it can be difficult to know which economic operator within their supply chain is responsible for what. These responsibilities include: verifying the CE/UKCA marking, ensuring the availability of technical documentation for national surveillance authorities, handling requests from said authorities, cooperating with them etc.

How AR experts can help

An AR/UKRP will play a part in ensuring a safe and legal production and trading process. The manufacturer will outsource specific tasks to the AR/UKRP, meaning that they take over some of the manufacturer’s responsibilities too. The aforementioned challenges will no longer be of concern to the manufacturer: the AR/UKRP will review the CE/UKCA marking, ensure the availability of technical documentation for national surveillance authorities, handle requests from said authorities and cooperate with them.

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EU authorised representative/UK Responsible person, so you can enter the EU/UK market

What is an authorised representative?

An AR is a legal party based within the European Union that acts as a liaison between a manufacturer outside of the EU and competent national authorities within the EU. The AR takes on some of the manufacturer responsibilities, and makes sure that the products being sold on the EU market comply with the relevant national compliance legislations. For the EU market, such a party is called Authorised representative (AR) and for the UK market, this is called a UK Responsible Person (UKRP). Although for different markets, they function essentially the same. Both an authorised representative EU and a UKRP verify that your product is legally allowed to bear the CE/UKCA mark by checking the technical file of a product. A competent AR/UKRP will additionally be able to answer all questions authorities can have and will advise you (the manufacturer) accordingly. 

Who needs an authorised representative?

As already stated, European Authorised representative (AR) services are for manufacturers based outside of the EU who want to sell their product on the EU market. However, it must be said that having an AR is not mandatory for all manufacturers who want to trade their products on the EU market: EU Market Surveillance Regulation (MSR) states that a European Economic Operator is required, but this could also be an importer or a Fulfilment Service Provider. The table below relays in which cases an AR is mandatory, and for which manufacturers it is not.  

An AR is mandatory for manufacturers whose products fall under …   

An AR is not mandatory for manufacturers whose products fall under …

ATEX Directive 

Machinery Directive    

Construction Products Regulation

Low Voltage Directive

Medical Devices Regulations   

EMC Directive 

PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425   

Noise Emission Directive   

Pressure Equipment Directive   

Ecodesign Directive   

 

Radio Equipment Directive   

 

RoHS Directive    

The table is applicable too, for all manufacturers whose products need to be UKCA marked. The UK does not implement the new market surveillance regulation, but the market surveillance framework based on the New Legislative Framework (NLF) Regulation EC 765/2008 will continue to apply. However, it is still highly recommended to appoint a UKRP.

For products that fall within the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) an Authorised Representative is not mandatory, but highly recommended. E-commerce platforms are likely to demand from you to appoint an AR, as the new GPSD states that they are responsible for potential hazards as well, and appointing an authorised representative would relieve them from these obligations. 

A few product groups are not within our AR scope of expertise, among which: food, medicines, cosmetics, and chemicals. These products are subjected to different rules, which are not explained here. These products are not currently included in our Authorised Representative services. 

Why should you use an authorised representative?

Having a European Authorised Representative allows you as a manufacturer to outsource a part of your responsibilities to the AR. The AR will act as a liaison between you and the national competent authorities to ensure a legal and safe trade of your products. Tasks that can be assigned to an AR include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing of the CE marking
  • Ensuring the availability of technical documentation, among which the Declaration of Conformity, for national surveillance authorities
  • Informing authorities when there is reason to believe that a product presents a risk and cooperate with these authorities to eliminate said risk
  • Notifying the client of any duly reasoned request made by a competent authority with regards to the conformity of products

AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) will act as a reliable point of contact as your EU Authorised Representative, whether you are selling through e-commerce platforms or through a webshop. The same applies for the UK. We can assure swift market access with our quick technical file reviews, or provide extensive checks. Our experts tailor our services to your needs.

What is the procedure for AR experts to become your authorised representative?

Once you have decided that you are in need of our Authorised Representative services, we will start with the most important part of the process: retrieving the required technical documentation. This will allow us to start with the technical file review so that we can possibly provide you with the AR agreement within 24 hours. After signing the AR agreement, you will receive an AR certificate in which we officially declare ourselves your Authorised Representative. 

It is good to know that once the mandate has been signed, the tasks that it claims are officially assigned to the AR, not only can but should be carried out by the AR from that moment forward. The manufacturer has outsourced that part of their responsibility and should no longer execute these tasks themselves. 



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AR Experts offers the following services

Click on the service blocks below to see what role our experts play in ensuring that your product can safely and legally be sold on the EU/UK market.

EUAR Authorised Representation (AR)
UK Responsible Person (UKRP)
EUAR/UKRP Mandate
Technical Documentation
Registration Medical Devices
Legal Point of Contact
Legal Advice
AR Services for the Legal Manufacturer
AR Services Private Labeller
Partner for Distributors/
Transporters/Agents

Get your expert Authorised Representative/UK Responsible Person within a few steps

01 - Uploading

your documentation to our protected file share cloud

02 – Sign

the EU AR/UKRP agreement

03 – Review

of the technical file by our CE/UKCA team

04 – Attach

our name to your product and the required documentation

05 – Receive

your EU AR/UKRP certificate

01 – Determine
the legal framework for your products
02 – Checklist
sent over to gather the required documents
03 – Review
of the technical file by our CE/UKCA team
04 – AR Agreement
is drawn up by and signed
05 – Ship
your product worry-free to the EU/UK market
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What our clients are saying about us

Van Heek Medical
Wilma Peereboom
Quality Coordinator
The cooperation with CE goes satisfactorily. They were decisive from the start and things were well taken care of. I see the problem-solving capacity of Certification Experts as a strength of the company’.
6 weeks
Europe
Medical
Confocal
Peter Drent
CEO
Personally I am very satisfied with the service and quality of the work of Certification Experts. With future projects, I certainly intend to work with them again.
3 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Gallery Play Media
Ruben Kieftenbelt
Founder & CTO
The test results during the certification project were comprehensive and detailed. We experienced this as a pleasant and valuable result. In addition, Certification Experts swiftly came up with solutions for obstacles we encountered during the certification process.
4 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Adtrack Media
Paul East
CTO
We have found Certification Experts to be helpful, knowledgeable and prompt even during the difficult environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to working with Certification Experts on future projects.
4 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Nikon
Joachim Hofmann
GM Service & Support
We found the collaboration with the CE Team very helpful, professional, fast and flexible. It is always good to have a partner at hand who can help with profound expertise whenever required. In the future, CE will stay our choice if expert-know-how is needed.
4 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Physee
Wai-Man Tang
Quality Assurance Manager
We have a wonderful experience working with Certification Experts. We are a scale-up doing product developments under a very tight timeline. Certification Experts will adjust to our needs and guides us step by step to complete our product certifications in time.
3 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Oceanteam
Lars van ‘t Kruijs
Managing Director
The team of Certification Experts consists of nice people, it was a good cooperation! For me it was important how they made everything clear and how they thought along the same lines.
3 weeks
Europe
Machinery
Alfa Wasserman
Kurt Spiegel
Engineer Manager
CE has been our partner for over 10 years and the relationship is outstanding. The face-to-face meetings are really important and save us a lot of time.
6 weeks
Europe
Medical
Dot Robot
Edward Belderbos
Technical Director
It was a pleasure to work with Certification Experts. After reviewing our documentation, they gave us structured feedback and showed us a way forward to compliance with EU directives
3 weeks
Europe
Electronics
Noffz
Markus Solbach
Director Sales & Marketing
Certification Experts has a great service with high flexibility and really quick response time. We were impressed with their good technical understanding and detailed feedback to our complex test solution in a short timeframe.
4 weeks
North America
Electronics
Government of Canada
Melanie Ter Meulen
Trade Commissioner
The collaboration with Certification Experts runs smoothly and they are a valuable partner for us. If Dutch companies require specific technical information about the Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement on free trade, Certification Experts is the first to call.
2 weeks
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EUAR Authorised Representation (AR)

AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) can act as an authorised representative on behalf of your organisation and ensures that the products being sold on the EU market comply with the European product compliance legislations. This concerns products that are sold either directly, via e-commerce (online), or through a fulfilment service provider. 

We operate in various sectors, such as Machinery, Electronics, Medical Devices, Consumer Product, Toys, Personal Protective Equipment, Boats and more.  

  • Aid in CE marking conformity assessment procedure
  • Authorised representative agreement/mandate
  • Technical file and Documentation review
  • Medical device registration
  • Acting as a contact person with the competent authorities
  • Provide legal advice
UK Responsible Person (UKRP)

UKCA Experts (part of Certification Experts) act on behalf of a manufacturer established outside of the United Kingdom in relation to specified tasks with regard to the manufacturer’s obligations under these regulations we operate in various sectors such as Machinery, Electronics, Medical Devices, Consumer Product, Toys, Personal Protective Equipment, Boats and more. 

  • Aid in UKCA marking conformity assessment procedure
  • UKRP agreement/mandate
  • Technical file and documentation review
  • Medical device registration
  • Acting as a contact person with the competent authorities
  • Providing legal advice
EUAR/UKRP Mandate

AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) will set up the required mandate/agreement, herein it is determined which responsibilities/tasks of the manufacturer are mandated to the AR/UKRP. This is based on the applicable directives and regulations.  

  • EUAR agreement
  • UKRP agreement
Technical Documentation

Conform to the applicable product legislation. The EUAR/UKRP has the responsibility to verify that the EU/UKCA Declaration of Conformity and technical documentation have been drawn up and where applicable and appropriate, conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer. AR experts can aid with assembling the required technical documentation.  

  • Checklist or templates for labelling
  • Checking technical files
  • Checking the technical documentation
  • Compiling the technical file
  • Prepare template of Declaration of Conformity
  • Review of user information
Registration Medical Devices

In case of a medical device, the EUAR/UKRP is responsible for the registration of the device in the systems of the qualified authorities in which the AR/UKRP is located. AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) will conduct the applicable registrations. 

  • EUDAMED (EU)
  • Notis/Farmatec (EU)
  • MHRA (UK)
Legal Point of Contact

Within both the European Union and the UK, AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) is the designated person to handle all communication with the competent authorities.  

Legal Advice

In case of a dispute with the authorities or regulatory questions concerning your product, AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) can advise you on what steps need to be followed or which legislation is most applicable.

  • Problem solving
AR Services for the Legal Manufacturer

You can only appoint an EUAR/UKRP if you are a manufacturer. If you are a reseller, it is necessary to become a legal manufacturer in order to appoint an EUAR or a UKRP. When placing a product in the market under your name, you will be considered as the legal manufacturer. This means that you will bear all the obligations of a manufacturer and can appoint AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) as your EUAR/UKRP.  

  • Setting up a private label agreement with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
  • Aid in CE/UKCA marking conformity assessment procedure
  • Authorised representative agreement/mandate
  • Technical file and documentation review
  • Medical device registration
  • Acting as a contact person with the competent authorities
  • Provide legal advice
AR Services Private Labeller

You can only appoint an EUAR/UKRP if you are a manufacturer. If you are a reseller, it is necessary to become a private labeller in order to appoint an EUAR or a UKRP. When placing a product on the market under a private label, you will be considered as the legal manufacturer. This means that you will bear all the obligations of a manufacturer and can appoint AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) as your EUAR/UKRP.  

  • Setting up a private label agreement with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)
  • Aid in CE/UKCA marking conformity assessment procedure
  • Authorised representative agreement/mandate
  • Technical file and documentation review
  • Medical device registration
  • Acting as a contact person with the competent authorities
  • Provide legal advice
Partner for Distributors/Transporters/Agents

Distributors, Transporters and Agents are often asked to act as authorised representatives for their customers. However, these parties often do not want to take this responsibility. AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) can therefore become an EUAR/ UKRP for your customers and take on this responsibility instead.  

Information Supply

We notify you if there are regulatory changes pertaining to your product

Risk Assessment

We help you eliminate risks more efficiently, protect your customers and your business. Unsure whether you’ve done something correctly? We can provide a full risk assessment evaluation.

  • Machine / Electronics / Toys / Medical / PPE / GPS
  • EN-ISO 12100
  • Safexpert Risk Assessment software (TÜV-certified)
  • Review of existing Risk Assessment
  • Templates
Authorised Representative

We provide Authorised Representation (AR) for businesses and e-commerce companies located outside the EU/UK – allowing access to those markets by registering us as your legal partner.

  • EU/UK market access
  • Verification of CE/UKCA
  • Marking
  • Contact point for authorities
  • Technical File
  • Bypass importers
  • Registration
Technical File

Every manufacturer requires a technical file to reach compliance. We support, compile and review these technical documents for you.

  • Declaration of Conformity
  • User Information (manual/labelling/packaging)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Technical schemes and drawings
  • Templates
Engineering Review

We review your designs and assist you through the prototype phase to ensure critical safety standards are met.

  • Design Review
  • Co-engineering
  • Consultancy
  • Risk Assessment
Testing and Inspection

Wherever you’re located, we offer a wide range of expert testing and inspection capabilities, both in house and via our global network of affiliated partners and testing laboratories.

  • EMC, Low Voltage, Radio, Medical, Toys, and PPE
  • On-site or digital inspections
  • Notified Bodies
  • Accredited testing laboratories
Route to compliance

We create a clear and practical compliance roadmap for you in any market. Get expert guidance on cost/time efficiency of certification for accessing multiple markets.

  • Determining product legislation
  • Set up test procedure (in-house/accredited testing)
  • Strategy on Global Market Access
  • Technical File Checklist
Training

We offer custom training programs led by experts, bringing your team up to
speed with important safety processes and regulations related to your markets.

  • Product Compliance
  • CE Marking
  • Machine / Robotics Safety
  • UL/CSA
  • Safexpert
User Information Review

Make sure your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your
chosen markets. From writing to reviewing materials, we’ve got you covered.

  • Checklists
  • Product labelling
  • Templates
  • Drafting Manuals
  • Machine plate
Technical File

We ensure the availability of the technical file in case of requests from authorities

Expert Consulting

With over 25 years’ industry experience, our team can provide expert guidance
on every aspect of product compliance.

  • Product Compliance
  • Authority letter (NVWA, NoBo, ILT and BPT)
  • Authorised Representative
  • Product Testing
  • Seller/buyer problem resolution on CE marking
  • Advise on Product Legislation
  • User Information
  • Route to compliance
  • Engineering Review
  • Training
  • Risk Assessment
CE/UKCA Marking

Trust us as your partner to verify the compliance of your products

Authorised Representative

We register as your official point of contact for market surveillance authorities

EU/UK Market Access

You gain access to the EU/UK market, no matter where your business is located

Legal point of contact

We represent you on your behalf for all legal issues pertaining to your product

Compliance

Enter any market, no matter the marking or industry. From CE marking and UL to CCC, we offer complete certification guidance and expert services tailored to your unique situation.

  • Consultancy
  • Route to compliance
  • Testing
  • On-site inspections
  • Design Review
  • Technical File Review
  • Risk Assessment
  • Training