The letters “CE” appear on many products mean that products sold in the EEA (European Economic Area) have been assessed to meet high safety, health, and environmental protection requirements.
Main CE benefits:
- CE marking supports fair competition by holding all companies accountable to the same rules
- Businesses around the world know that products bearing the CE marking can be traded in the EEA without restrictions.
- Consumers are aware that the product is compliant and safe
Keep in mind: the CE marking does not indicate a product have been approved as safe by the European Union or by another authority, but it’s self-certified by the manufacturer/importer. It does not indicate the origin of a product either.
Manufacturers, importers, distributors and customers have responsibilities.
By affixing the CE marking to a product, a manufacturer declares that the product meets all the legal requirements (safety, health and environmental protection) for CE marking and IT can be sold throughout the EEA.
The manufactures must carry out the conformity assessment, set up the technical file, issue the EU declaration of conformity, and affix the CE marking to a product under his own responsibility. Only then this product can be traded on the EEA market.
IMPORTERS AND DISTRIBUTORS RESPOSNSIBILITY
Importers and distributors are the intermediaries between manufacturers and traders, they must have overall knowledge of the legal requirements and make sure that the products they distribute or import meet them. They have legal responsibility: the penalty for the supply of non-compliant products could be imprisonment and/or a fine (each Country has its own rules).
When importing from non-EU countries, importers must check that products fulfil all EU safety, health and environmental protection requirements before placing them on the market.
The distributor has to know which products must bear the CE marking and the accompanying documentation or to start conformity tests to apply the marking by itself.
Distributors must be able to demonstrate to national authorities that they have confirmation from the manufacturer or the importer that the necessary measures to guarantee the conformity of the mark have been taken.
If importers or distributors market the products under their own names, they take over the manufacturer’s responsibilities. In this case, they must have sufficient information on the design and production of the product because they will be assuming the legal responsibility when affixing the CE marking.
Although most European manufacturers, importers, and distributors follow the rules, consumers (professionals in particular) can also play an important role in improving the safety of products: they should always buy products from trustworthy shops/suppliers, only in this way they can support the fair competition between Companies.
There is a very similar mark called “China Export”, it only means that the product was manufactured in China. This mark is fake (not registered) and is placed by Chinese manufacturers arbitrarily. It seems to be an aggressive approach to sell into the European market without the right standards.
This symbol looks a bit different from the official CE mark.
All F/ART products have the official CE marking and respect the European Standards.
The Directive LVD 2014/35/EU ensures that electrical equipment within certain input voltage limits provides a high level of protection for the people. The equipment must be properly installed following the instruction manual, maintained and used in applications for which it was made.
The Directive EMC 2014/30/EU ensures that electrical and electronic equipment does not generate, or is not affected by, electromagnetic disturbance.