The CE Mark The CE marking, also known as EC mark, is an obligatory certification that must be present, either stamped or inscribed on an item, to guarantee that a product has met certain guidelines established by the European Economic Area (EEA). Even if a product is not going to be sold directly in the European market, the EC mark must be present if the product has been manufactured there. The CE marking is known around the globe, similar to the popular stamp, "made in China." What Does It Look Like? The CE marking is the CE Logo (A curvy and attractive C and E side-by-side) with, if necessary, a four-digit identification number identifying that the product in question has passed through the procedures to be marked as such. What Does CE Mean? The words abbreviated with CE are under a small amount of debate. Some agree that it is shorthand for "ConformiteEuropeenne" meaning, "European Conformity," hinting at the product's unity with others of the CE variety. But the original name was "CommunauteEuropeenne," a French phrase meaning, "European Community." The latter is a little more friendly and appealing, but the Germans may have the best translation. Their meaning for the CE is sometimes referred to as "EG-Zeichen," which means, "European Community mark." If language is not your strongest subject, consider that the CE is a symbol representing free marketability in the EEA. What Countries Require the CE Mark? Any country in Europe is required to have the CE on their products. This includes France, Austria, Germany, Croatia, Denmark, etc., as well as countries in the EFTA (the European Free Trade Association) including Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Turkey. From 2013 and forward, the CE mark is not mandatory for countries of the CEFTA or Central European Free Trade Agreement, which includes Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and the UNMIK. However, Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro have applied to be included in the European Union and are obeying their guidelines. What Are the Rules of the CE Mark? Six major rules make up guidelines on appropriate use of the CE mark. The first of which is that products using the CE mark must obey the EC directives (legislative acts that the EU has established). The second rule states that manufacturer must check, using their own resources, which EC directives apply to their product. Third, a
product can only be sold on the market if it complies with the rules of applicable directives. Fourth, the manufacturer must create an EC declaration of conformity and apply it to their product. Fifth, if necessary, an authorized third-party organization must be used to make sure that the product does indeed meet the standards for the CE marking. And last, but certainly not least, the CE mark cannot be covered up or include other markings, unless they are vastly different from the rules of the CE marking. What Is a Declaration of Conformity? A declaration of Conformity, or DoC, must, under any circumstances, include the manufacturer's information (name, address, phone number, etc.), main characteristics that the product has (color, weight, use, etc.), performance data from European standards, and legal signature from the manufacturer and/or applicable organizations. What Are the Legal Ramifications for Counterfeiting the Logo? Counterfeiting the CE is illegal and is subject to measures and sanctions created by the EU (European Union). How serious the offense is correlated to how severely an organization, manufacturer, or individual has abused the CE logo. Many are liable to fines or imprisonment. However, if the product is seen to not be a direct safety risk, whoever made the product and stamped it with the CE logo is given a chance to prove the qualifications of the product with CE standards before it is completely taken off the market. If you are looking for more innovative information, you should visit the following website: CE Marking Plano Texas
Published on Feb 23, 2014
Published on Feb 23, 2014
The CE marking, also known as EC mark, is an obligatory certification that must be present, either stamped or inscribed on an item, to guara...