CE marking and required testing for different products in the EU market
CE marking is an indication of compliance with EU directives and regulations concerning a product. From us, you can buy the tests you need to make sure your products are CE-compliant. After the tests, you can attach the CE mark to your products and bring them to market.
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What is CE marking?
A CE marking indicates a manufacturer’s declaration of a product’s conformity with relevant EU directives and regulations. The manufacturer or the representative of the product is responsible for the attachment of CE marking. Therefore the manufacturer or the representative of the product assures the product’s compliance with concerning legislation. Contrary to common belief, the attachment of CE marking is not executed by an authority or third party.
CE marking is only allowed for products that require a CE marking. If CE marking is required, it will be clearly stated in the directives and regulations concerning the product in question. Wrongful use of CE marking can lead to authoritative actions, resulting in the removal of the product from markets.
Successful CE marking allows the product to be traded in the EEA without restrictions. It is important to note that a CE marking does not directly indicate product quality, safety, or user-friendliness.
How is the CE marking obtained?
The CE marking process includes four major steps. Firstly, the manufacturer must perform a Conformity Assessment on the product, following the applicable CE marking directive (or directives). Some directives allow for self-certification, meaning the required testing will be done in an independent lab to verify compliance. Some products require certification from a designated laboratory connected to a European Notified Body. These products usually are classified as high risk to safety.
Then, a technical file must be created, including a risk assessment report, a document with key product details, and the test results. The technical file proves that the product meets CE marking requirements. The technical file has to be available for 10 years after the product has been put out to market.
After completing the first two steps, the manufacturer can affix a CE marking label to the product. The label must be placed near the manufacturer’s nameplate. The last step is to draw up an EU Declaration of Conformity. There are certain exceptions to this, for example, some CE-marked construction products require a Declaration of Performance (DoP) instead. More information about the Declaration of Conformity can be found here.
Measurlabs offers a wide variety of standardized tests for products that require CE marking. Regarding questions related to documentation for the certification process, we recommend contacting for example Sertfiointi.com.
Suitable sample matrices
- Construction materials
- Personal protective equipment
- Food contact materials
- Medical devices
- Electrical equipment
- Measuring instruments
- Explosives and fireworks
- Other CE-marking required products
Ideal uses of CE-marking
- Products that require CE marking in order to be vendible
Frequently asked questions
Attachment of CE marking is for products that require a specific certification, indicating compliance with EU directives and regulations concerning the product in question. For these products, successful CE marking allows the product to be traded in the EEA without restrictions.
CE marking does not directly indicate product quality, safety or user friendliness. Also, a product with CE marking is not necessarily better than a similar product without CE marking.
Some products need to be tested in a designated laboratory connected to a European Notified Body. This can eventually cause delays in testing and the whole CE marking process.
Measurlabs offers a variety of laboratory analyses for product developers and quality managers. We perform some of the analyses in our own lab, but mostly we outsource them to carefully selected partner laboratories. This way we can send each sample to the lab that is best suited for the purpose, and offer high-quality analyses with more than a thousand different methods to our clients.
When you contact us through our contact form or by email, one of our specialists will take ownership of your case and answer your query. You get an offer with all the necessary details about the analysis, and can send your samples to the indicated address. We will then take care of sending your samples to the correct laboratories and write a clear report on the results for you.
Samples are usually delivered to our laboratory via courier. Contact us for further details before sending samples.