Product compliance with EU legislation
CE marking is a key indicator of a product’s compliance with EU legislation and enables the free movement of products within the European market. By affixing CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring, on his sole responsibility, conformity with all the legal requirements to achieve CE marking and therefore ensuring validity for that product to be sold throughout the EEA, the 27 member states of the EU and European Free Trade Association countries - Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Turkey. This also applies to products made in third countries which are sold in the EEA and Turkey.
CE marking does not indicate that a product was made in the European Economic Area (EEA), but merely states that the product is assessed against essential requirements before being placed on the market.
The EU Construction Products Regulation requires manufacturers of products covered by a harmonised standard, and manufacturers who have obtained a European Technical Assessment for their product, to draw up a Declaration of Performance (DoP). These manufacturers are required to take on the responsibility for the assessment of their products and for the conformity of their products with the declared performances (these are shown in the declaration of performance). They also need to show that they have done this by providing CE marking, unless a derogation under Article 5 is applied.
It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to:
Distributors must verify the presence of both the CE marking and the necessary supporting documentation. If the product is being imported from a third country, the importer must verify that the manufacturer outside the EU has undertaken the necessary steps and that the documentation is available upon request.
The CE mark is covered by Council Decision 93/465/EC. Annex B(d) gives these guidelines:
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Other sources of information: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eutr2013/index_en.htm