CE MarkingCE marking is a conformity assessment procedure that declares that a product meets all necessary requirements to be sold in the European Economic Area. IB-Lenhardt AG and its subsidiaries with leading experts will guide you through the entire process.
EU Type Approval
CE Certification for your Radio and Telecommunication Products
Conformity assessment procedure, declaration of conformity, CE marking: once you have successfully cleared these hurdles, your product is ready for the European market. Your company will reach this goal faster and safer with the support of IB-Lenhardt AG. We are leading experts for professional product certifications in the EU and worldwide. You benefit from the many years of experience of our experts and the excellent testing services of our subsidiary IBL-Lab GmbH.
Proof of Compliance with Harmonized Regulations
A prerequisite for the free movement of goods in the EU are binding directives, (harmonization legislation) for the safety of a variety of products. For example, Directive 91/263/EEC applies to telecommunications terminal equipment, Directive 89/336/EEC to electromagnetic compatibility, and Directive 2014/53/EU to radio equipment.
A company may only place products subject to one or more of these directives on the market if they meet all applicable minimum requirements. The manufacturer confirms this in a declaration of conformity. Proof is provided in a precisely defined, sometimes very complex conformity assessment procedure. The CE marking, also called conformity marking, indicates that this procedure has been successfully completed.
Conformity Assessment Procedure
Selection of the Appropriate Module
The implementation of conformity assessment procedures is regulated in Decision No. 768/2008/EC. Annex II contains a number of modules according to which the assessment can be carried out. The selection of the appropriate module is primarily determined by the directives to which the respective product is subject. These legal provisions regulate the scope of testing and the test methods used to demonstrate the conformity of the products.
In addition to specifications for product certification, they may also contain requirements for quality assurance within the company and the involvement of third parties. In this case, Notified Bodies come into play. For example, as part of an EU type examination, they determine whether the technical design of a product meets the requirements of the applicable legal regulations. National accreditation bodies (e.g. Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH, DAkkS) regularly check whether the Notified Bodies have the necessary competences and the technical equipment for reliable test results.
Technical Documentation, Declaration of Conformity and Conformity Marking
During the conformity assessment procedure, the manufacturer prepares a set of technical documentation showing that the product meets the requirements of the applicable directives. This includes a detailed product description, the listing of the underlying harmonized standards and the test reports.
On this basis, the manufacturer issues the written EU declaration of conformity. This is the prerequisite for the conformity marking, which the manufacturer affixes or has affixed to each individual product.
Frequently Asked Questions
All you need to know about CE marking
- What is the CE marking?
The conformity marking is a sign with a clearly defined typeface. You can find the mark in Annex II of Regulation (EC) No. 765/2008, where the stylized letters "C" and "E" are shown in a grid that shows you the correct proportions. The exact dimensions are contained in the relevant legislation for the respective products. In the absence of information on the size, a minimum height of 5 mm is provided.
- What does the conformity mark mean?
With the mark, the manufacturer declares that he has complied with all the provisions relevant to the product in the EU during its design and manufacture and that it meets all the legal requirements. These requirements mainly concern consumer protection and environmental protection. A prerequisite for the declaration is that conformity with the applicable directives has been established in the course of a conformity assessment.
- Which products must bear the CE mark?
The mark is displayed only on those products that are subject to uniform directives in the EU that require the marking. In the case of very small products, it can be found on the packaging and the operating instructions.
- Who awards the CE mark?
The mark is awarded by the company and affixed to the product it manufactures.
- What does conformity assessment mean?
Conformity assessment is the process of determining whether a product meets specific requirements.
- What does the declaration of conformity mean?
The Declaration of Conformity is a written confirmation by the manufacturer that a product meets the requirements of all applicable directives in the EU.
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CE Certification for EU Market Access
IB-Lenhardt AG will gladly accompany you during the implementation of the conformity assessment for CE marking and certification. We support your company throughout the entire process. Let our competent staff advise you comprehensively to save time and costs right from the start.
Together with you, we will develop viable concepts that will give you a head start when you launch your products on the market. For the necessary tests in the fields of electrical safety, telecommunications and electromagnetic compatibility, the experts at our subsidiary IBL-Lab GmbH are at your disposal with outstanding expertise and state-of-the-art technical equipment.
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