CE marking is a certification mark indicating conformity with with health, safety and environmental protection standards for produts sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).
The CE marking can also be found for products manufactured outside EEA which are manufactured in the EEA or manufactured outside but are designed to be sold in the EEA.
The rules underlying to the procedure of afficing the CE mark.
- Products subject to certain EU directives or EU regulations providing for CE marking have to be affixed with the CE marking before they can be placed on the market.
- Manufacturers have to check, on their sole responsibility, which EU legislation they need to apply for their products.
- The product may be placed on the market only if it complies with the provisions of all applicable directives and regulations and if the conformity assessment procedure has been carried out accordingly.
- The manufacturer draws up an EU declaration of conformity or a declaration of performance (for Construction Products) and affixes the CE marking on the product.
- If stipulated in the directive(s) or regulation(s), an authorized third party (Notified Body) must be involved in the conformity assessment procedure or in setting up a production quality system.
- If the CE marking is affixed on a product, it can bear additional markings only if they are of different significance, do not overlap with the CE marking and are not confusing and do not impair the legibility and visibility of the CE marking.
The CE marking can also be self-certified by an authorized representatives who can decide if product meets all CE certification rules, depending on the level of risk of products. However, that process is always bound to introduce errors in quality assurance.