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The CE-Marking

What does the CE marking on a product indicate?

By affixing the CE marking to a product, the manufacturer or the authorized representative declares on his sole responsibility that the product (e.g. Machinery, electronic equipment, lifts, measuring instruments, etc.)is in conformity
with the essential requirements of the applicable Union (Directive) harmonisation legislation providing for its affixing and that the relevant conformity assessment procedures have been fulfilled.

The main characteristics of the CE mark are:

  • Where specific legislation does not impose specific dimensions, the CE marking shall be at least 5 mm high. If the CE marking is reduced or enlarged, the proportions given in the graduated drawing in paragraph 1 shall be respected.
  • The CE marking shall be followed by the identification number of the notified body, where that body is involved in the production control phase.
  • The CE marking shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the product or to its data plate. Where that is not possible or not warranted on account of the nature of the product, it shall be affixed to the packaging and to the accompanying documents, where the legislation concerned provides for such documents.
  • The CE marking shall be affixed before the product is placed on the market.

What are the sanctions for counterfeiting the CE marking?

The procedures, measures and sanctions that apply to counterfeiting of the CE marking are laid down in Member State’s national administrative and penal law. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, economic operators may be liable to a fine and, in some circumstances, imprisonment. However, if the product is not regarded as an imminent safety risk, the manufacturer may be given a second opportunity to ensure that the product is in conformity with the applicable legislation before being obliged to 124 take the product off the market.

Source: Council Regulation No 765/2008 on accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products and Blue Guide Guide to the implementation of the EU product legislation in 2014.