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CE marking allows the product to freely circulate throughout the European Economic Area. But dealing with CE marking represents a challenge. Not all products sold in the EU need to carry a CE marking. CE marking applies to products, ranging from electrical equipment to toys and from civil explosives to medical devices. Such products fall under one or more directives which determine the specific requirements that the product must comply with in order to bear a CE Marking. So how do you know if your product requires marking and what directives do you need to mention in your CE declaration? And are there any other requirements that you should keep in mind?
CE marking, what you need to do
- Find out if your product requires CE marking and which directives apply to your product.
- Ensure that your product complies to these directives by testing or by asking your supplier the required documents to prove compliance.
- Compile a technical file which contains all these documents to prove compliance. One of these documents is the declaration of conformity which you will need to sign.
- Apply the CE marking to the product. In this way indicating the product’s compliance and enabling its free movement within the European market.
- Keep your technical file available for the authorities during 10 years.
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