Our CE and UKCA Marking Service Include
Selection of Directives
Determination of Regulations
The CE Marking and Routes to Compliance
Identify which legislation applies to your product.
CE Mark Requirements
Show that your product satisfies the legal requirements.
Sign a legal Declaration of Conformity.
Apply the CE marking.
The process for CE certification includes identifying which Directive(s) and Regulations pertain to your product, completing a conformity assessment, setting up a Technical File, and signing a Declaration of Conformity. After completing these steps, you can legally put the CE Marking on your item.
First, identify which European Product Laws are relevant to your product. Over 20 CE Directives and Regulations cover a spectrum of products, from electrical equipment to machines to toys to PPE. An item may fall under more than one law.
Next is the conformity assessment, which may be carried out in-house or by an authorized certification organization known as a Notified Body. The certification proves your product satisfies European laws, and the assessment documents become part of your Technical File. You need to be able to produce your Technical File for EU Authorities upon request.
Then, you must sign a Declaration of Conformity affirming that your item meets all applicable EU laws.
Once you’ve completed all the steps above, your product can legally display the CE Marking.
Why Choose Technology International
At Technology International, we’ve provided CE Marking and compliance support for over 30 years, enabling electrical products/equipment to reach the European market. Based in the US, we specialize in supporting manufacturers across North America as they expand their business into Europe.
We offer expert guidance and support throughout the electrical equipment CE Marking process, from identifying which Directives and Regulations apply to your item to helping you assemble a complete Technical File. As an accredited Notified Body, Technology International is highly qualified to assess product conformity.
Plus, we offer more than just testing. With Technology International, you get full-service, turnkey solutions, on-site support, training, education, and in-lab testing our competitors can’t offer.
- Understanding of the laws & regulations
- Experienced staff to lead the CE process
- On-site assessments and testing
- ATEX assessments and testing
- Full CE documentation and support
- Global regulatory compliance support
Navigating the CE Marking process for electrical equipment on your own can be intimidating, especially when the penalties for non-compliance include product recalls, fines, and jail sentences.
Unless you are familiar with the EU legislation, it can be challenging to determine which laws apply to your electrical product. You must be aware of all revisions, changes, and amendments, and there is very little accompanying reference material or specific guidance.
CE Marking is part of the European Union’s harmonization legislation, ensuring that products placed on the European market comply with the relevant requirements, mostly for Safety, EMC, and Ecodesign. The CE mark is typically placed onto a product by its manufacturer. Consumers accept this mark that the product is generally safe to use, and there are campaigns for consumers only to buy CE marked products.
By affixing the CE marking to a product, a manufacturer declares that the product meets all the legal requirements for CE marking and can be sold throughout the EEA. This also applies to products made in other countries that are sold in the EEA.
CE Marking is mandatory for nearly all electrical equipment, including:
- Household appliances for example, coffee makers, kettles, and toasters
- Air conditioners
- Audio Visual equipment such as TVs and stereos
- Hand tools such as drills and circular saws
- Machinery such as lathes
- IT equipment including Internet equipment
- Mobile phones
- USB memory sticks
- And many others
Other Industries We Serve
- Warehouse Automation
- Food Processing
- General Manufacturing
The CE Marking Process
CE marking for electrical equipment is mostly a matter of self-certification only, which means that you do not need to have your equipment independently certified or assessed by an external body. You do not have to register with anyone to legitimately put the CE logo on the product.
You may need to use a third party to provide specialist test services such as Safety, EMC, and/or restricted substances. In some cases, an EU Notified Body is required and this requirement will be clearly shown in the relevant Directive.
Is CE/UKCA Marking Mandatory?
Many directives require CE marking, but for electrical equipment, there are normally four or five that are the most frequently used.
- Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) or the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU) for product safety.
- Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (2014/30/EU) for EMC compliance. As well as product emissions, there is also a requirement for all equipment to have a good level of EMC Immunity, unlike the domestic market.
- Restriction of Hazardous substances Directive (2011/65/EU), which limits the presence of 10 substances in products.
- Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC), which sets regulations for the eco-performance of household and certain commercial products.
- The Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU) if the equipment contains any radio interfaces such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or uses radio for data communication.
Once the directives have been identified, look at the ‘Essential Requirements’ in each and determine how you will assess your electrical equipment against these. The most common route is by using standards, but that’s not always appropriate if the standards do not cover your type of electrical equipment for any reason.
You then want to assess your product for compliance. This is normally done by a combination of inspection, testing, and calculation. If any non-compliances are encountered, then correct them before progressing.
It’s necessary to compile a technical file for your internal records. This states how the product complies with the Directives. It must be kept for ten years after the product has been placed on the market. This document should be made available to the authorities on request, and it is not required to be shown to customers.
You will also need an EU Declaration of Conformity. This is a declaration made by the manufacturer stating the Directives and standards to which the product complies. It can either be supplied with each product or made available online.
As a manufacturer, you must ensure that all ongoing production complies with the Directives and Requirements. Usually all changes are recorded in the Technical File, and it is essential to have someone of suitable authority within the organization sign off on any changes that may affect compliance.
Choose Technology International for CE Marking
At Technology International, we can guide you through every step of CE Marking for electrical equipment. We’re familiar with the CE certification process, whether a system is mechanical, electrical, or a combination of both.
Our manufacturing industry experience gives us the expertise to:
- Determine which EU Directives apply to an item
- Select the correct conformity modules
- Assess design and build per standards
- Aid with testing and risk assessment
- Carry out the necessary product inspections
- Compile the required documents for the Technical File
Contact us for support from the beginning to the end of the CE Marking process. We can optimize the path to CE certification success, navigate decision trees, and analyze the range of options that work for your unique product.
We know your industry—from the most massive machines to the smallest components, we’re ready to assist with every step to obtain a CE Marking for your electrical equipment.