The acronym “CE” stands for “Conformité Européenne”, the French term for “European Community”. CE marking indicates that a product complies with the applicable EU Directives and Regulations and can thus be marketed and operated in every EU Member State.
To protect consumers and enable the free movement of goods in a united Europe, the European Union has defined safety and health requirements for a variety of products.
When a product is put into circulation on the European Single Market (known as “placing on the market”), the manufacturer must ensure that it fully complies with all of the above safety and health aspects.
For example, products and machinery falling under the scope of the following directives and regulations require CE marking before they can be placed on the market:
CE marking enables you, as a manufacturer, to document that your product has undergone conformity assessment with a positive result and is thus in conformity with all applicable EU Directives and Regulations.
Generally, manufacturers affix the CE marking to their products under their own responsibility, declaring that all legal requirements have been fulfilled.
In some directives, the lawmaker demands involvement of a third-party testing and certification institute known as a “Notified Body”. In these cases, GSI- Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International mbH takes over the role of Notified Body (identification number 1182) and assists you, as the manufacturer, in complying with all requirements.
The product undergoes a conformity assessment procedure, which comprises several stages and considers the following aspects as a minimum requirement:
CE marking applies to a specific product and is therefore valid indefinitely. If a product is changed, a new conformity assessment procedure will have to be performed.
A declaration of conformity is a written confirmation by a manufacturer, stating that their product fulfils all requirements of the applicable EU Directive.
A CE declaration of conformity is mandatory for all products that are subject to an EU Directive or EU Regulation. The declaration of conformity forms part of the Technical Documentation and must be submitted promptly at the request of a supervisory authority.
Verification of the correctness of CE marking falls under the responsibility of the market supervisory authorities.
As GSI – Gesellschaft für Schweißtechnik International mbH, Notified Body with identification number 1182, we have been designated for various EU Directives and Regulations and support you throughout the entire conformity assessment process in your capacity as manufacturer, making sure you can affix the CE marking to your products as quickly as possible and thus circulate your products throughout the European Union.