CE Mark: The Symbol of Free Trade

The CE (Conformite Europeennne) is a mandatory mark for products placed in the European Economic Area (EAA) market. A CE mark on a product indicates the product conforms to EU’s requirements. It is a symbol for free marketability of industrial goods within the EEA. It is also considered as a mark of quality.

The CE mark has been used since 1993. Its logo is about 5 mm high. Since it is an important indicator of a product’s compliance with EU directives, it is what makes the product valid. A product with a CE mark can be sold throughout the EEA. The countries that require CE marking are composed of 27 Member States of the EU and EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

However, a CE mark does not indicate whether a product was made in the EEA. The purpose of a CE mark is to assess the product before it is placed in the market. It means the manufacturer has verified the product meets all the requirements concerning safety, health, and environment. Products required to have the CE mark include medical devices, lifts, machinery, and measuring equipment. Consumer products such as cell phones, toys, and PCs are also CE marked.

There are steps in which a manufacturer takes to affix a CE mark on a product. A manufacturer performs a conformity assessment which involves determining whether a product meets relevant technical standards and other requirements. He or she also sets up a technical file and signs a CE declaration of conformity. Imported products outside the EU must be verified by a manufacturer. If you have any import project, you should contact a provider of CE proofing or marking services.

A provider of CE proofing services ensures your product meets the legislative requirements. A product CE marked by a reputable provider is recognized in a single European market where products can be sold freely without any trade restrictions.

For products that are not required to undergo the CE proofing process and bear the CE mark—such as…

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