CE Certification

The CE marking or certification as it has been legally called since 1993 (according to the EU Directive 93/68/EEC)(DECISION No 768/2008/EC), was formerly called EC marking or certification, is a mandatory conformity marking for products placed on the market in the European Economic Area (EEA). With the CE marking on a product, the manufacturer declares that the product conforms with the essential requirements of the applicable EC directives.This also the case for products manufactured outside the European Union Community but is placed in its market.
The obligation for placing the CE mark on the product, relies to anyone that imports the product to the European Economic Area (e.g. product manufacturer inside or outside the EU, the person importing a product manufactured outside the EU e.t.c.).
Depending on the level of risk of the product, the CE marking is affixed to a product by the manufacturer or authorized representative who decides whether the product meets all the CE marking requirements. If a product has minimal risk, it can be self-certified where manufacturers a Declaration of Conformity and affixes the CE marking to their own product.Products considered to have a greater risk have to be independently certified by a notified body. This is an organization that has been nominated by a Member State and has been notified by the European Commission.