The European conformity marking (CE)

The CE marking indicates a product’s compliance with European safety standards. But it is not a quality label. 

The affixing of the CE marking indicates a product’s compliance with European safety standards. The abbreviation stands for “Conformité européenne” or European conformity. Using the CE marking, the manufacturer is confirming that the product conforms to European directives in force. 

Definition

CE marking: marking by which the manufacturer indicates that the product conforms to the applicable provisions set out in the Community harmonization legislation providing for its affixing.

Objectives: free movement of goods, protection of health and safety

It is necessary to guarantee that products benefiting from the free movement of goods within the Community conform to requirements guaranteeing a high level of protection of public interests such as health and safety, via Community harmonization legislation. This is why rules have been drawn up regarding accreditation, market supervision, control of products originating from non-Member countries and the CE marking. By affixing the CE marking on a product, the manufacturer is declaring that this product conforms to all applicable requirements and that it assumes full responsibility for this. 

Implementation

  • The CE marking can only be affixed by the manufacturer or its representative.
  • The CE marking is only affixed on products for which its affixing is specifically provided for by Community harmonization legislation, to the exclusion of any other product.
  • Member States ensure correct application of these conditions (market supervision) and take the appropriate legal or other measures to prevent infringements and improper use of the CE marking. 

Meaning

  • The CE marking, giving material form to a product’s conformity, is the visible result of a whole process encompassing the evaluation of conformity in the broadest sense.
  • The CE marking is the only marking which attests the conformity of the product with the applicable requirements of the relevant Community harmonizing legislation providing for its affixing.
  • The CE marking does not mean that a product has been approved by the EU or another authority as being a safe product. Nor does it indicate the origin of the product. In no event is it a quality label.

In Switzerland, the CE marking of products covered by the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA EG-CH) is recognized. But it is only mandatory for the exporting of such Swiss products.

Source: Swiss Accreditation Service SAS, last modified: June 29, 2016


Information

Link

Directive (CE) N° 765/2008 and Decision n° 768/2008/CE

Last modification 13.08.2018

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