Getting the CE Mark

The CE Mark is mandatory for a wide range of products sold in the European Union. The CE Mark has been described as a “passport” that allows manufacturers to trade industrial products freely within the internal EU market. The CE Mark indicates the manufacturer has undertaken all assessment procedures required for the product. The CE Mark is not a quality mark and does not indicate conformity to a standard; it indicates conformity to the legal requirements of the EU directives.

General Steps for Getting the CE Mark

1. Identify all applicable EU directives (laws).
2. Assess your product to the “essential requirements” of the directives.
3. Choose the appropriate conformity assessment.
4. Determine the applicable standards.
5. If required, choose a competent body in US to perform product tests.
6. If desired, choose an authorized representative for your company in EU.
7. Prepare a technical file, including a users manual, for products with high risk hazards.
8. Assemble the required approvals and certificates.
9. Prepare a Declaration of Conformity for each applicable directive.
10. Affix the CE Mark in accordance with the laws.

Obtaining authority to attach the CE Mark is often thought to be difficult and time-consuming. However, in many cases it is not. For more information on how to meet the CE Mark requirements, view the CE Mark brochure at the NIST web site.