Step 1: Identify the applicable laws
Most but not all manufactured products fall under one or more of the CE marking laws. There are a multiple laws and there are frequent updates, additions and modifications. Unfortunately, though all detail can be found on the European Commission Website found here, the EU does not keep an official single source of information on them. Try a search on their website and see why we’re still here.
Step 2: Show your product satisfies the law
Generally there are three ways to show how your product satisfies the law, which may be blended together:
- Demonstrate conformity directly against the clauses of the law
- Demonstrate conformity by use of legally approved product standards – Harmonised Standards
- Demonstrate conformity by use of a governmentally accredited inspection or testing body – a Notified Body, like Technology International.
The first two ways do not require the use of a third party. If you have sufficient experience and knowledge then you can do it entirely in house. Call us now to figure out your best approach
The result is a comprehensive set of documents called the Technical File. You need to be ready to hand this over to the EU Authorities if they ever ask for it, up to 10 years after you sold your final product in Europe.
Contact us to find out what your Technical File needs are and how to compile it, before it’s too late.
Step 3: Declare Conformity
Draw up and sign a legal declaration that your product conforms to all applicable laws. This is an easy step, but be sure you know legally what you are doing. You are effectively signing a contract with EVERY individual European Government.
Step 4: Apply the CE marking
Fixing the stylized CE letters to your product is a legal claim that you have done the previous 3 steps, and that your product conforms to all applicable laws. Like Step 3, this is effectively signing a contract.