Electronics and Electrical Equipment

CE Marking services according to the EMC Directive (2014/30/EU), Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU), RED Directive (2014/53/EU) & RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)

With over 25 years of expertise, our team guides you through the complete certification process for electronics. This means that you will achieve the compliance you need to sell your equipment to the European market.

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CE marking electrical equipment

The CE mark for electrical equipment indicates that your equipment is in compliance with the European product legislation. Without this marking, it remains unconfirmed that your product can be used safely and therefore cannot access the European market. Certification Experts will help you achieve full CE compliance so your equipment can enter the European market.

Challenges with CE electrical certification

Obtaining CE approval for electrical equipment and electronics can be a complex process. This is because as a manufacturer you must confirm that your electrical equipment meets the Low Voltage Directive (LVD), Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC), Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and/or the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). These directives list all the essential health and safety requirements that must be met and demands that electrical suppliers should identify the hazards their equipment might contain, to then assess the risks they could pose to users.

Guidance from start to finish

Our experts can determine whether the various CE electrical factors, such as Low Voltage, EMC, RED and RoHS Directives are applicable to your electrical and electronic equipment and then guide you through the process of design evaluation and resolving potential non compliance issues. When doing so, Certification Experts follows the requirements as they have been laid out in the safety standards. We will then help you to get the CE marking, so the legal and technical compliance of your electrical and electronic equipment is confirmed, allowing you to access the European market.

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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)
  • Testing
  • 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 / Classification

For 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.

  • Determining how the applicable product legislation applies to your product
  • Describing the steps of the conformity assessment procedure
  • Determining roles and responsibilities of the parties involved
  • Setting up test procedures

Engineering Review

Qualified 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.

  • Design Review
  • Pre-compliance testing
  • Consultancy and assist in arranging the necessary product testing

GAP Analyses 

A 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.

  • Regulatory Framework Identification
  • Current Practices Assessment
  • Regulatory Requirements Evaluation
  • Gap Identification
  • Prioritisation
  • Plan of Action

Information and warnings for the end users

Certification Experts can provide help with the following to ensure that your manuals, labelling and packaging are fully compliant with your chosen markets.

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

CE Marking

The 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.

  • Conformity Assessement procedure
  • Technical File
  • Risk Assessment
  • Inspection/Safety Assessment
  • Testing
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Authorised Representation

Declaration of Conformity

A 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.

  • Determine specific declaration of conformity requirements
  • Collect all necessary product information
  • Determine applicable directives and legislation
  • Draw up the Declaration of Conformity

Risk Assessment

The 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.

  • Execution of the risk assessment
  • Guidance in performing a risk assessment
  • Product testing and evaluation
  • Training in risk assessment and use of Safexpert software
  • Safexpert risk assessment software (TÜV certified)

Authorised Representation

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 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.  

  • EU Authorised Representative
  • UK Authorised Representative
  • EC Rep (Medical Devices)
  • UK Repsonsible Person (UKRP)
  • Responsible Person (RP) GDP
  • Person Responsible for Regulatory Compliance (PRRC)

Product Testing

Product 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:

  •  EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility)
  • Low Voltage / electrical safety
  • RoHS
  • Radio Equipment
  • Medical
  • Toys
  • Machinery
  • ATEX
  • Safety

Training CE marking process

Certification Experts offers training programs that will prepare you for the CE marking process of your  product.  

  • CE marking
  • Safexpert software

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.

  • RoHS Testing
  • RoHS verification based on components
  • RoHS Compliance

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). 

  • LV Advice and Assessment
  • Technical File Preparation
  • Risk Assessment and Safety Evaluation
  • LV Testing
  • User Information and Labeling
  • CE Marking and EU Declaration of Conformity

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. 

  • EMC Advice and Assessment
  • Technical File Preparation
  • Risk Assessment and Safety Evaluation
  • EMC Testing
  • User Information and Labeling
  • CE Marking and Declaration of Conformity
Frequently asked questions

All the answers you might need!

Electrical items generally require a CE mark before they can be placed on the market and sold in the European Economic Area (EEA). The CE marking indicates that a product complies with essential health and safety requirements set out in European Union (EU) directives and/or regulations. For electrical items, the Low Voltage Directive (LVD), EMC Directive, Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and the RoHS Directive are particularly relevant. The specific directives and/or regulations applicable to a product depend on its nature and intended use. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products conform to the relevant EU directives and bear the CE mark before placing them on the market within the EEA. The CE marking is a declaration by the manufacturer that the product meets all the applicable EU requirements.

The CE mark indicates that your product is in compliance with the European product legislation. 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.

The absence of required CE marking on a product, as mandated by applicable EU directives or regulations, can lead to severe consequences. These consequences include legal issues, fines, and other legal ramifications. The product may be prohibited from legal placement on the market in the European Economic Area (EEA). Additionally, customs authorities and market surveillance agencies in EEA countries may reject products lacking the appropriate CE marking, resulting in trade restrictions. The liability of the manufacturer may increase in case of accidents or damage caused by the product. Authorities may also demand the recall of non-compliant products from the market, incurring significant costs for the manufacturer. To avoid these risks, it is crucial for manufacturers to ensure that their products comply with relevant EU directives or regulations and undergo the necessary conformity assessment procedures before entering the EEA market. The proper application of the CE mark signifies adherence to applicable standards and safety regulations.

The Conformité Européenne (CE) mark is the European Union’s mandatory conformity marking for any products manufactured, imported, or sold in the European market. The presence of the mark means that the product has undergone the correct assessment criteria and meets the general requirements for safety, health, and environmental protection in order to be placed on the market. CE electrical meaning, that Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) comply to the applicable legislation, such as the EMC Directive, the Low voltage Directive 2014/35/EU the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) and/or the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and 2015/863/EU.

Not all products require CE marking. This marking, a regulatory conformity indicator, signifies that a product aligns with the essential requirements outlined in relevant European Union (EU) directives or regulations. The obligation for CE marking varies based on the product type and the specific EU directives or regulations applicable.

Products falling under the purview of specific EU directives or regulations must bear the CE mark to be lawfully introduced to the market within the European Economic Area (EEA). Product categories often requiring CE marking encompass machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, medical devices, toys, construction products, and personal protective equipment.

Conversely, products outside the scope of particular directives or regulations are not allowed to bear the CE mark. For instance, most food products, chemicals, cosmetics, and select consumer goods may not require CE marking.

It’s imperative for manufacturers to identify the specific regulations relevant to their products and assess the necessity of CE marking. If a product falls under the jurisdiction of a pertinent CE directive or regulation, manufacturers must undergo the requisite conformity assessment procedures and affix the CE mark before introducing the product to the EEA market.

The responsibility for CE marking lies with the manufacturer or part of the responsabilities with their Authorised Representative (if the manufacturer is based outside the EU). In some cases, for certain products, the involvement of a Notified Body (an independent organisation designated by an EU member state) may also be required.

Here are the key roles:

Manufacturer: The primary responsibility for CE marking rests with the manufacturer. They must ensure that the product complies with the relevant EU directives or regulations, conduct the necessary conformity assessment procedures, and affix the CE mark. The manufacturer is also responsible for preparing the technical documentation and the Declaration of Conformity.

Authorised Representative (if applicable): If the manufacturer is based outside the EU, they can appoint an Authorised Representative within the EU to act on their behalf. The Authorised Representative shares some responsibilities with the manufacturer, including maintaining the technical documentation and the Declaration of Conformity.

Notified Body (if required): For certain products, involvement with a Notified Body may be mandatory. The Notified Body is responsible for checking specific conformity assessment procedures, such as testing and inspection, to verify that the product meets the essential requirements. The Notified Body’s involvement is often required for high-risk products.

It’s crucial for the manufacturer to understand the specific requirements for their product category, identify the applicable EU directives or regulations, and determine whether the involvement of a Notified Body is necessary. Additionally, manufacturers must keep comprehensive records of the conformity assessment process, technical documentation, and the Declaration of Conformity. This documentation should be made available for inspection by authorities if requested.

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