CE

Obtain your CE marking successfully

and bring your products safely onto the European market

Certification Experts is your full-service compliance partner and guides you through the complete CE marking process to obtain the Declaration of Conformity. With over 25 years of experience, our team will help you to obtain access to the European market.

CE marking

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. If an importer markets the product under its own name, it will be seen as the legal manufacturer and bear the same responsibility as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and must apply the CE marking itself.

Challenges of CE certification

Obtaining CE marking can be a lengthy and complicated process. Herein, time and knowledge of regulations must be taken into account during the process. As well as the applicable testing facilities and risk assessment that are required to complete this CE certification.

Guidance from start to finish

Our CE mark experts will guide you through all processes and perform testing in order for your products to be able to obtain CE marking. As your full-service compliance partner, we will ease this lengthy and complicated process of obtaining the CE mark.

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CE marking meaning

CE stands for the French abbreviation of Conformité Européenne (European Conformity). By affixing the CE marking to a product, a manufacturer declares that the product meets all the legal, safety, health and environmental protection requirements for CE marking and can be sold throughout the European Economic Area (EEA).

Who needs CE marking?

It is mandatory for all manufacturers and whose products fall within the applicable CE marking directives and CE marking 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. Alternatively an Authorised Representative (AR) can be appointed.

CE marking is mandatory for manufacturers in the following product groups:

  • Machinery (MD)
  • Medical devices (MDR)
  • Radio equipment (RED)
  • Low voltage (LVD)
  • Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Pressure equipment (PED)
  • Toy Safety (TSD)
  • Construction products (CPR)
  • Restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)
  • Active implantable medical devices
  • Appliances burning gaseous fuels
  • Cableway installations designed to carry persons
  • Ecodesign of energy related products
  • Equipment and protective systems intended for use potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX)
  • Explosives for civil uses
  • Hot water boilers
  • In vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDR)
  • Lifts
  • Measuring instruments
  • Noise emission in the environment
  • Non-automatic weighing instruments
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Recreational Craft
  • Simple pressure vessels

How to get CE certification?

The process of the CE certification procedure is dependent on the product group. Generally, manufacturers can perform self certification. This entails compiling a technical file, performing a risk assessment, product testing, ensuring correct information, user manual and warnings, including CE label and compiling the Declaration of Conformity. However, a third-party, such as Certification Experts, is often chosen by the manufacturer as this process is often time consuming, requires a specific in depth know-how and test facilities that are not always present. Certification Experts specialises in CE marking for the following products:

When you want to bring a high risk product onto the market, you need to execute a conformity assessment procedure with an accredited third-party for instance a Notified Body (NoBo). Certification Experts specialises in CE marking for the following products that need an accredited third-party to bring them onto the market:

  • Medical devices
  • ATEX
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Construction products
  • Measuring instruments
  • Pressure equipment

If you are located outside of the EU, and you want to bring your product onto the European market, you may need an Authorised Representative to act as a liaison between you and the competent national authorities. AR Experts (part of Certification Experts) can act as your Authorised Representative.

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Declaration of Conformity

An EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is a mandatory document that either the manufacturer or your Authorised Representative need to sign to declare that your products comply with the EU requirements. By signing the DoC you take full responsibility for your product’s compliance with the applicable EU law. There is a common misconception that a CE certificate and a DoC are the same. A DoC confirms that the products of a manufacturer are in compliance with the European legislation. The CE certificate is given by an accredited party and is only mandatory for products which have to go through a conformity assessment procedure that is assessed by this party.

The different roles within CE marking

The different roles within the union harmonisation legislation (CE Marking) are specified as economic operators. An ‘economic operator’ means the manufacturer, the Authorised Representative (AR), the importer, the distributor, the fulfilment service provider or any other natural or legal person who is subject to obligations in relation to the manufacturer of products, who makes them available on the market or puts them into service in accordance with the relevant Union harmonisation legislation. A product subject to the union harmonised legislation may be placed on the market only if there is a manufacturer, importer, AR, or fulfilment service provider established in the Union who is responsible for the tasks set out in Market Surveillance Regulation (EU) 2019/1020.

RoleMeaningObligation
Manufacturers

Any natural or legal person who manufactures a product or has a product designed or manufactured, and markets that product under its name or trademark.Must understand both the design and construction of the product and carry out the applicable conformity assessment or have it carried out, to be able to take the re­sponsibility for the product being in compliance with all provisions of the relevant Union harmonisation legislation (CE Marking).
Importer



Any natural or legal person established within the Union who places a product from a third country on the Union market.Has a key role to play in guaranteeing the compliance of imported products. Herein an importer must assure that the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer and that the manufacturer has drawn up the technical documentation, affixed the relevant conformity marking (e.g. CE marking), fulfilled his traceability obligations and accompanied, where relevant, the product by the instructions and safety information in a language easily understood by consumers and other end-users, as determined by the Member State concerned.
Authorised Representative (AR)

Any natural or legal person established within the Union who has received a written mandate from a manufacturer to act on its behalf in relation to specified tasks with regard to the manufacturer’s obligations under the relevant Union harmonisation legislation or under the requirements of this Regulation.
Keep the EU declaration of conformity and the technical documentation at the disposal of national surveillance authorities and cooperate with them at their request. Additionally, the AR provides a competent national authority with all the information and documentation necessary to demonstrate the conformity of a product, upon their request, and cooperates with them to eliminate the risks posed by products covered by their mandate.
Fulfilment service provider



Any natural or legal person offering, in the course of commercial activity, at least two of the following services: warehousing, packaging, addressing and dispatching, without having ownership of the products involved, excluding postal services as defined in point 1 of Article 2 of Directive 97/67/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, parcel delivery services as defined in point 2 of Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2018/644 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and any other postal services or freight transport services.If there is no other economic operator available, a fulfilment service provider established in the Union assures that the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the manufacturer and that the manufacturer has drawn up the technical documentation, affixed the relevant conformity marking (e.g. CE marking), fulfilled his traceability obligations and accompanied, where relevant, the product by the instructions and safety information in a language easily understood by consumers and other end-users, as determined by the Member State concerned.
Distributor
Any natural or legal person in the supply chain, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who makes a product available on the market.
The distributor must be able to identify the manufacturer, his Authorised Representative, the importer or the person who has provided him with the product in order to assist the market surveillance authority in its efforts to obtain the EU declaration of conformity and the necessary parts of the technical documentation.
End-user

An end-user is a natural or legal person who is resident or based in the Union and who provides a product either as a consumer outside of their profession, or as a professional end-user for their industrial or professional activities.End-users are not subjected to the requirements of the Union.

General Product Safety

Products that do not fall within the scope of any CE marking directives and CE marking regulations must meet the requirements defined by the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC or other legislation, such as the Cosmetic Products Regulation, Food Contact Materials Regulation, etc. Affixing a CE marking to these products is prohibited. Products that do not fall under the scope of needing a CE label must still meet the safety requirements of the general safety for products before they are placed on the European market and/or put into use.

According to the European Commission (EC), the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) is outdated. Therefore, it has been proposed to reform the GPSD with a new regulation. The proposal for a new regulation focuses on the safety of products related to new technologies and on the challenges posed by the growth of online sales, ensuring more efficient and uniform market surveillance and improving the recall of dangerous products. If the proposal is adopted by the European Council and the European Parliament, it will replace the current GPSD.

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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 how to proceed in order to be in compliance with European directives.

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Melanie Ter Meulen Trade Comissioner
Certification Experts is a valuable partner to us. The collaboration runs smooth and if Dutch companies require specific technical information, Certification Experts is able to provide this.

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Kurt Spiegel Vice President of Engineering
Certification Experts has been our partner for over 10 years and the relationship is outstanding. They’ve completed CE Marking, UKCA Marking, and act as our Authorized Representative. The face-to-face meetings are really important and save us a lot of time!

Nutek

Marc Schaerlaeckens Managing Director
Certification Experts made sure to consider every possible phase of CE marking processes, ranging from how to make the right design choices to composing a technical file.

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Kris Schoeters Technical Sales Support & Project Management
The team at Certification Experts ensured a new way forward for the Fette Compacting team, wherein they ensured a higher level of safety for our operators.

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Lars van ‘t Kruijs Managing Director
The team at Certification Experts provide excellent cooperation! They provide detailed explanations and think-along solutions.

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Elsa Brown President
For more than 15 years, Bondtech has had the pleasure of being partnered with Certification Experts for CE marking for Europe and the UKCA for the UK. Their professionalism, rapid responses, and attention to detail impressed us. Their tailored guidance and meticulous review of our specifications ensured compliance with CE directives. In addition to conducting the conformity assessment process for us, they also act as our Authorised Representative. We recommend Certification Experts for their expertise and personalized service, which not only secured our certifications but also provided invaluable support.

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