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CE Testing, CE Marking & CE Certification specialists
Since 1995, all machines sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) must comply with safety standards outlined in the Machinery Directive. It’s imperative that your machines also meet these requirements so that you can earn the CE Marking (for European Conformity). CE certification is vital
ST&L can support you at every stage of the CE Marking process. Not only will we carry out CE Risk Assessments and inspections to determine whether you meet the criteria, we can also provide you with advice and information to help you improve your standards, and help you compile the necessary technical files.
CE Marking – Authorised representatives
Because we act as an authorised representative within the EEA, if we judge that you meet the requirements we can issue a Declaration of Conformity and affix your CE marking. With such a comprehensive package available from our skilled team, there’s no reason to rely on anyone else!
For any further information on CE Certification and the Machinery Directive, or to schedule an assessment, make sure to get in touch, or give us a call today. Our experienced team are on standby to answer any questions you may have, and to plan a personalised strategy for your company to meet regulations.
What is CE Certification and how do you become approved?
Health and safety are important metrics within our modern society. Europe has adopted a set of standards that are utilised to determine the quality of a product. This is commonly known as a “CE marking”. What does this type of compliance involve? What areas does it cover? What is required to obtain CE certification? Whether you are planning to launch a new product within the European marketplace or you wish to expand current operations, these are two questions which deserve a bit more attention.
A Quick Look at CE Compliance
Any product which has been certified under the CE scheme will be required to display a logo on its packaging followed by a four-digit number that identifies which governmental body gave the initial approval. CE is an acronym for the French phrase “Conformité Européenne“, or European Conformity. There are three main variables which will be examined when determining whether or not a product meets current CE guidelines:
- Environmental protection
It should also be mentioned that a valid CE marking is required to sell a product within the European Union and throughout the EFTA (European Free Trade Association). The exact stipulations in regards to the underlying CE qualifications will depend upon the type of product. For instance, health and safety standards associated with a piece of low-voltage electrical equipment are much different when compared to a new brand of shampoo.
Rules in Regards to Becoming Approved
It is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer to obtain the proper CE certification. This is essentially known as a “declaration of conformity”. There are a handful of steps which need to be taken including:
- Research the relevant requirements to ensure that your product meets all relevant standards.
- Discover whether a self-assessment is possible or you will need the help of a governing body.
- Compile a technical dossier that illustrates the steps taken to ensure that you have adhered to all compliance standards.
- Create and sign an EU Declaration of Conformity.
Please observe that independent assessments are not required for all products. This tends to depend upon the category. More details can be found here. Assuming that you have been approved for a CE marking, you will also provide all relevant details to national authorities upon request to address quality assurance issues.
CE MARKING – AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVES
ST&L can support you at every stage of the CE Marking process. Not only will we sit with you to identify the relevant Directives and Standards to determine whether you meet the CE mark criteria, but over a series of visits, we will review the technical files with you as well as provide you with detailed EN 12100 and Essential Health & Safety Requirements (EHSR) assessment reports, complete with action plans, to help you achieve the high standard required to be able to apply the CE Mark to your equipment.
Because we act as an authorised representative within the EEA, if we judge that you meet the requirements, we can issue a Declaration of Conformity and affix your CE mark. For any further information on CE Certification and the Machinery Directive, or to schedule an assessment, contact us today. Our experienced team are on standby to answer any questions you may have and to plan a personalised strategy for your company to meet regulations.