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CE Marking

EU Directives and CE marking of products and machinery for export into the European Union is a specialized area for most manufacturers, involving a combination of EMC test, Electrical safety test, Machinery Safety assessment, ATEX and perhaps pressure systems assessment. To ensure your product meets all applicable directives requires a significant amount of documentation to accompany any test reports. The test and documentation burden may place significant demands on your staff and resources. EU Compliance Services turn key approach manages all of the compliance issues allowing you and your staff, leaving you to concentrate on doing what you do best – designing and manufacturing your products.

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EMC Directive 2014/35/EU
Low Voltage Directive (Electrical Safety) 2014/35/EU
Machinery Safety Directive 2006/42/EC
Pressure Equipment Directive 2014/68/EU
Equipment for explosive atmospheres (ATEX) 2014/34/EU

Free movement of goods and products is a cornerstone of the single European market. The mechanisms in place to achieve this aim are based upon mutual recognition and technical harmonization. A new regulatory technique and strategy was laid down by the EU parliament which resulted in the “New Approach” to technical harmonization and standardization.

However, there was consensus to further enhance this approach.  The major elements needing attention were overall coherence and consistency, the notification process, accreditation, the conformity assessment procedures (modules), CE marking and market surveillance (including revision of the safeguard clause procedures).

Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 and Decision No 768/2008/EC brought together, in the New Legislative Framework (NLF), all the elements required for a comprehensive regulatory framework to operate effectively for the safety and compliance of industrial products with the requirements adopted to protect the various public interests and for the proper functioning of the single market.

The NLF takes account of the existence of all the economic operators in the supply chain –manufacturers, authorised representatives, distributors and importers – and of their respective roles in relation to the product. The importer now has clear obligations in relation to the compliance of products, and where a distributor or an importer modifies a product or markets it under their own name, they become the equivalent of the manufacturer and must take on the latter’s responsibilities in relation to the product.

Products in compliance with all provisions of ALL applicable NLF directives can affix the “CE Mark” to indicate that the product has been subject to the appropriate conformity assessment procedures of the applicable directives.
A EU Declaration of Conformity must be drawn up before the CE mark is affixed to the product.

The CE marking is mandatory and must be affixed before the product is placed on the EU market.  Where products are subject to several directives, conformity must be to the provisions of all these directives.

CE marking must be affixed by the manufacturer or by his authorized representative.  CE mark must be affixed to the product, its data plate or if this is not possible , it must be affixed to the packaging and accompanying documents.
CE mark must be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly.  CE mark must be at least 5 mm in height and take the form described in EU legislation.

Directives aligned to the NLF so far are listed below;

Toy Safety - Directive 2009/48/EU
Transportable pressure equipment - Directive 2010/35/EU
Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment - Directive 2011/65/EU
Construction products - Regulation (EU) No 305/2011
Pyrotechnic Articles - Directive 2013/29/EU
Recreational craft and personal watercraft - Directive 2013/53/EU
Civil Explosives - Directive 2014/28/EU
Simple Pressure Vessels - Directive 2014/29/EU
Electromagnetic Compatibility - Directive 2014/30/EU
Non-automatic Weighing Instruments - Directive 2014/31/EU
Measuring Instruments - Directive 2014/32/EU
Lifts - Directive 2014/33/EU
ATEX - Directive 2014/34/EU
Radio equipment - Directive 2014/53/EU
Low Voltage - Directive 2014/35/EU
Pressure equipment - Directive 2014/68/EU
Marine Equipment - Directive 2014/90/EU
Cableway installations - Regulation (EU) 2016/424
Personal protective equipment - Regulation (EU) 2016/425
Gas appliances - Regulation (EU) 2016/426


Existing CE marking directives such as the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC are pending revision, and may still be used for CE marking purposes until such alignment is complete.

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