Are you familiar with the CE certification?

Are you planning to export products to the EU (European Union)?

For manufacturers who want to export to the EU, it is mandatory that the product to be exported has the CE marking on it.

Not only this, it should also fulfill the requirements and criteria of the European directives and regulations.

Once a product is CE certified, it can easily move between the entire EEA (European Economic Area). Even though it seems easy that you have to meet the EU regulations, the process can be complex if proper guidance is not provided.

This blog contains all the information you need to get CE certification for your product. You will understand why you need CE certification and how you can get that for your products.

Table of Content

Chapter 1: What is CE Certification? What Products Require It?

Chapter 2: How to Get your Product CE Certified? 7-Step Process for CE Certification

Chapter 3: Frequently Asked Questions About CE Certification

Chapter 1: What is CE Certification? What Products Require It?

CE is the short form of Conformitè Europëenne. Since 1985, most of the EU countries have some standards that products need to meet which are being sold there. These are known as CE standards.

For those manufacturers who plan on selling their products in the European Union, they need to have products that meet these standards.

What is CE Certification

1. What does the CE Certification mark indicate?

Whenever you see the CE certification mark, it means that the particular product meets the requirements set forth by the European Union.

The mark indicates that the manufacturer declares that all the EU’s New Approach Directives have been met.

The biggest misconception people have with the CE certification is that it is required only by the manufacturers in the EU. No, this is not the case.

In fact, as mentioned earlier, the CE certification is for anyone who wants to send their products to the EU. This is the reason why exporters and manufacturers all over the world know about it.

2. Understanding the basics of CE marking

The most important thing to understand here is that when we talk about the CE marking or CE certificate, it is not like the other certificates.

Once a manufacturer gets the product CE certified, it shows as a stamp on the back of the product like shown in the picture.

Understanding the basics of CE marking

The CE marking on a product indicated three major things:

  1. It shows that these products meet the health, environmental and safety requirements of the EU.
  2. The product is in compliance with the legislation of the EU.
  3. The product can easily and freely move within the market of the EU.
  4. What are the CE Directives?

Getting a CE certificate is not as simple as it seems. The manufacturer needs to meet more than 20 directives before getting the green light.

The directives are made at the EU level. Until all these requirements are met, the product is not allowed to circulate in the markets of the European Union.

It is the duty of the manufacturer and the importer to make sure that they comply with all the directives. They also need to do the proper record keeping must be done and it should be made sure that the CE mark should be affixed.

The key is the check the directive that applies to the specific product. A CE mark does not tell you that all the directives have been met.

There are different directives for different “types of products”. For example, there are directives like 2014/35/EU which represents “Low Voltage”.

The name of the directives gives an idea of what type of products they apply to. For example, the Low Voltage Directive is applicable to the electrical instruments and the toy directive is mostly applied to the toys category.

3. Is CE certification a self-declaration?

The CE marking is not like an ISO standard or quality assurance. It does not tell you that the product has undergone any 3rd party testing or it meets any certification by the European test bodies. Depending on the type of product, the requirements vary.

For example, if you buy pressure valves and other products that can pose a threat to safety, health and environment.

You can require the manufacture to take a certificate from some established and recognized authoritative body. Others require declaration of conformity only when inquired about.

In this case, it is a self-declaration by the manufacturers to show that their products meet the EU requirements.