The Crowd Supply Guide: Understanding CE Certification


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The ‘CE’ mark appears on many products traded on the extended Single Market in the European Economic Area (EEA). The mark signifies that products sold in the EEA have been assessed to meet high safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. CE marking also supports fair competition by holding all companies accountable to the same rules and standards.

It’s important to understand that CE is a "self-certification" process that must be performed by the manufacturer. Any third-party involvement is very seldom needed.

By affixing the CE mark to a product, the manufacturer certifies the product meets all legal requirements for CE marking and can therefore be sold throughout the EEA. This applies to products made inside or outside the EEA.

There are two main benefits CE marking brings to businesses and consumers within the EEA:

Businesses know that products bearing the CE marking can be traded in the EEA without restriction. Consumers enjoy the same level of health, safety, and environmental protection throughout the entire EEA.

There are different "directives" written for each of the product groups identified by the EU (e.g., medical devices, low voltage devices, measuring instruments, etc.). Each directive specifies the requirements for your particular kind of project.

Note that not all projects shipping to the EEA will require CE marking, only certain product groups. However, even if you believe your product is exempt but you still want to ship to the EEA, you will still need to provide Crowd Supply (the exporter) with documentation of why you (the manufacturer) believe the product falls outside the CE requirements. (See table below.)

Note that in the same way that CE marking is mandatory for products that fall under the scope of CE, it is forbidden to affix the CE mark when a product is not covered by one of these Directives or Regulations.

Within CE ScopeCE Mark PresentOK to Sell in EEA
Yes Yes Yes
Yes No No
No No Yes

How To Qualify Your Product for CE marking

To qualify your product, you will need to take the following steps (these may vary slightly depending on the product):

  • Identify the directives and harmonised standards that apply to your product.
  • Ensure that your product meets the requirements of the applicable directive(s).
  • Determine whether or not a third-party assessment is required.
  • Test the product yourself to ensure it conforms to the directive; document your testing.
  • Write required technical documentation (e.g., safety warnings) and make sure it is publicly accessible.
  • Add the CE mark and write up a Declaration of Conformity (DoC)

Don’t worry if the process seems complex or daunting. Your CS project manager has experience that can help and advise you as you go through the process.

Tip Because the CE marking is a self-certification process, you cannot use a third-party "Test Certificate" even though it looks like a valid DoC. It has all the right information but it’s issued by the wrong party: the testing company and not the manufacturer (creator).


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