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What does CE mean on electrical products?
The Conformité Européenne (CE) marking is a regulatory standard that verifies that products are safe for use and sale in the European Economic Area (EEA). It is mandatory for all manufacturers whose products fall within the applicable CE directives and regulations to get CE certification before they can access the European market. If an importer markets the product under its own name, it assumes the responsibilities of the manufacturer, and must apply the CE marking itself.
CE marking for electrical equipment
In order for electrical and electronic equipment to obtain CE marking, companies must ensure that products are compliant with all applicable European regulations. For electronic and electrical equipment the following regulations may apply based on CE marking:
- The EMC Directive 2014/30/EU aims to ensure that any electrical and electronic equipment minimises the emission of electromagnetic interference that may influence other equipment. The directive also requires equipment to be able to resist the disturbance of other equipment.
- The Low voltage Directive 2014/35/EU provides a high level of protection for European citizens by setting certain voltage limits for electrical equipment.
- The Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) requires equipment to be constructed for efficient use of the radio spectrum so as to avoid harmful interference with terrestrial and orbital communications. Therefore, the RED Directive lays down the essential requirements to ensure a high level of protection of public interest.
- The RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and 2015/863/EU aims to prevent the risks posed to human health and the environment related to the management of electronic and electrical waste. It does this by restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in EEE that can be substituted by safer alternatives.
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Possible consequences when CE marking electrical equipment
When products do not fall within the applicable CE marking directives and CE marking regulations it is then forbidden to affix a CE marking to them. It is also a criminal offence to affix a CE mark electrical to a non compliant product. Products may be tested by a third-party laboratory to assess whether or not they meet legal safety requirements. If the product does not comply with such safety requirements, it may not bear the CE marking nor may it be traded within the European market.
When a controlling authority finds that a CE marking has been wrongly issued or that there is no CE marking (if applicable), authorities may take drastic measures, for example, they can:
- Oblige the manufacturer or importer to modify the product
- Withdraw the product from the market
- Reject and return your items at the customs
- Criminally prosecute you
Who is responsible for CE marking
Under the CE marking system, manufacturers have the responsibility for CE marking. As a result, the manufacturer must draw up the Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and take responsibility for attaching the CE mark to the product. Other economic operators such as an Importer, Authorised Representative (AR), Fulfilment service provider and Distributor, also have their responsibility to ensure that the CE marking is implemented correctly by the manufacturer.
How to get a CE certification for electrical equipment
In order to attain the CE marking on electrical and electronic equipment, companies must ensure that their products are compliant with all applicable European directives and/or regulations and have the required technical documentation. Some Directives, such as the Low Voltage Directive (LVD), require that safe-use instructions must be provided in an approved language for the country of sale. This must be done in order to be able to enter the European market. All electrical equipment requires the EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC).
European Union member states cannot restrict the market placement of products affixed with the CE marking without adequate evidence of non-compliance. Certification Experts offers guidance on cost and time efficiency regarding this process. We will take care of the following steps for you:
- Classification of relevant directives and regulations
- Selecting (harmonised) ce electrical safety standards
- Setting up test procedures
- Describing the steps of the conformity assessment procedure
- Determining roles and responsibilities of the parties involved
- Adequate analysis and assessment of the risk(s)
- Assemble Technical File
- Compile EU Declaration of Conformity
Certification Experts offer a range of services beyond CE marking for machinery. Some of the services they might provide include:
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Route to Compliance / ClassificationFor every market, Certification Experts can provide a practical compliance roadmap. This will ensure your access to any chosen market in the most time and cost-efficient way. This service can entail a classification of relevant Product Safety Regulations, an assessment of the product, an analyze of the design, a verification of the used components, materials and a determination of the potential risks associated with its use.
Engineering ReviewQualified engineers or experts of Certification Experts can carry out systematic examination of a product, system, process, design, or project, during the development phase. The purpose of an engineering review is to assess various aspects of the subject matter to ensure its functionality, safety, compliance with regulations, quality, and overall performance.
GAP AnalysesA GAP analysis based on product specific regulations is a structured assessment that identifies the differences or “gaps” between a company’s current practices and the requirements stipulated by product safety regulations. This type of analysis helps organizations ensure that their products are compliant with the relevant safety standards and regulations. Certification Experts can carry out a GAP analysis based on the specific requirements for organisations to ensure that their products meet safety standards and remain compliant with regulatory requirements. It helps mitigate risks, ensures consumer safety, and safeguards a company’s reputation in the marketplace.
Information and warnings for the end usersCertification Experts can provide help with the following to ensure that your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your chosen markets.
CE MarkingThe CE mark serves as proof that a product complies with European product regulations. It’s a mandatory requirement for manufacturers whose products fall under applicable CE directives and regulations before they can enter the European market. Additionally, other parties like importers, distributors, and authorized representatives have their roles in ensuring that products bear the CE mark. Obtaining CE marking can be a complex and time-consuming endeavor. It involves understanding regulatory requirements, accessing the necessary testing facilities, and managing time effectively. Our team of CE mark consultants is here to support you throughout this process. We’ll guide you, conduct the required testing, and simplify the path to obtaining CE marking for your products. As your dedicated compliance partner, we aim to streamline this often intricate procedure.
Declaration of ConformityA Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is an official document in which the manufacturer declares that their product is in compliance with the essential requirements of the applicable European CE Directives and/or Regulations. Certification Experts has both the knowledge and international experience to help you draw up a suitable EU Declaration of Conformity for your product, thereby ensuring that your product is safe and will be able to enter the market.
Risk AssessmentThe European Product Legislation requires manufacturers to incorporate a risk assessment of potential risks associated with their equipment into their technical file. As stated in the directive an ‘adequate analysis and assessment of the risk(s)’ is required Certification Expert provides full guidance and execution of this requirement.
Authorised RepresentationAR 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 and/or UK market comply with the applicable 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.
Product TestingProduct compliance often requires product testing, a requirement determined by applicable legislation. Certification Experts specializes in product testing, offering in-house, on-site, and partner test lab solutions. Our most common testing:
Training CE marking processCertification Experts offers training programs that will prepare you for the CE marking process of your product.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)In order to ensure the absolute compliance of your electrical and electronic products, the Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution caused by Electronic Information Products must be examined. Restriction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS) compliance is essential as it protects the environment by restricting hazardous substances in electronics, which minimizes ecological impact. This compliance also assures consumer safety and worker well-being by ensuring products are free from harmful materials. Beyond legal mandates, ROHS adherence is pivotal for market access, preventing barriers to entry. Moreover, it builds consumer trust, enhances brand reputation through ethical practices, and promotes innovation in creating safer and more sustainable electronic products. At Certification Experts, we offer RoHS compliance services.
Low Voltage (LV)Certification Experts possesses the knowledge and capability to effectively guide and support you in navigating all aspects related to Low Voltage, ensuring compliance with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD).
Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)Certification Experts possesses the knowledge and capability to effectively guide and support you in navigating all aspects related to Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), ensuring compliance with the EMC Directive.
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