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CE Mark

The CE Mark

  The European Commission describes the CE mark as a "passport" that allows manufacturers to circulate industrial products freely within the internal market of the EU.

  The CE mark certifies that the products have met EU health, safety and environmental requirements that ensure consumer and workplace safety. 

  All manufacturers in the EU and abroad must affix the CE mark to those products covered by the "New Approach" directives in order to market their products in Europe.
 
  Once a product receives the CE mark, it can be marketed throughout the EU without undergoing further product modification.

  Most products covered by New Approach Directives can be self-certified by the manufacturer and do not require the intervention of an EU-authorized independent testing/certifying company notified body.

  To self-certify, the manufacturer must assess the conformity of the products to the applicable directives and standards. While the use of EU harmonized standards is voluntary in theory, in practice the use of European standards is the best way to meet the requirements of the CE mark directives. 

  This is because the standards offer specific guidelines and tests to meet safety requirements, while the directives, general in nature, do not.

  The manufacturer may affix the CE mark to their product following the preparation of a declaration of conformity, the certificate which shows the product conforms to the applicable requirements.

  They must maintain a technical file to prove conformity. The manufacturer or their authorized representative must be able to provide this certificate together with the technical file at any time, if requested by the appropriate member state authorities.

  There is no specific form for the declaration of conformity, but specific information is required. The declaration must include the following:

1 The manufacturer''s name and address.
2 The product.
3 The CE mark directives that apply to the product, e.g. the machine directive 93/37/EC or the low voltage directive 73/23/EEC.
4 The European standards used, e.g. EN 50081-2:1993 for the EMC directive or EN 60950:1991 for the low voltage requirement for information technology.
5 The declaration must show the signature of a company official for purposes of the company assuming liability for the safety of its product in the European market.

  This European standards organization has set up the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. According to CE, The Directive basically states that products must not emit unwanted electromagnetic pollution interference.

  Because there is a certain amount of electromagnetic pollution in the environment, the Directive also states that products must be immune to a reasonable amount of interference. The Directive itself gives no guidelines on the required level of emissions

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