In the past, each European country had their own standard requirements on the import and sale of goods, and goods made for one country were not likely to be compliant in other countries. As part of the efforts to eliminate trade barriers, the CE certification was introduced. Therefore, CE certification represents European unification (CONFORMITE EUROPEENNE), or can also be seen as EUROPEAN CONFORMITY.
The CE mark is not issued by official authorities, certification bodies or testing laboratories, but declared and affixed by the manufacturer or its agents themselves. The manufacturer or its agents, or importers in EU member states must be responsible for the integrity of the CE mark.
CE marked products can be in free circulation within the EU. This acceptance and recognition originates from the national regulatory authorities who are responsible for the implementation of product safety control in the EU market. When a product has been certified with the CE mark, the member responsible for sales agress to oversee safety and ensure that the products meet equirements of European Directives, which include:
- 2004/108/EC Electromagnetic compatibility
- 2006/95/EC Low voltage
- 2005/32/EC Energy Related Products (ErP)
- 2006/42/EC Machinery
- 99/5/EC R&TTE
- 2009/48/EC Safety of toys
- 89/686/EEC Personal protective equipment
- 90/385/EEC Active implantable medical devices
- 94/9/EC Atmosphere Explosible
Eurofins Product Testing has a number of Notified Bodies worldwide; we have the full capability to provide testing and certification services for Electrical and Electronic products, Toys, Industrial Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other products according to European Directives.