Faulty CE Certificate and Liability of the Manufacturer

What is CE Mark and what is it taken for

CE Marking is mandatory for a wide range of products, including all electrical / electronic devices, allowing manufacturers to freely import and export common product design and manufacturing conditions and products within the European Union as defined in the EU Directives.

The producers (or the importer or authorized representative), if they are outside the EU, undertake to fulfill the relevant requirements and therefore serve as a clear indication that they will enjoy free movement among all 28 member states.

Problems with CE marking

However, in recent years, Europe has been faced with an increase in the number of products that have been flagged with the CE marking by entering foreign markets. This causes three main problems:

First of all, the use of some markings similar to the CE marking in some products from China causes consumers to confuse frequently and to think of a genuine CE Mark.
Second, the CE marking was illegitimate for products that did not need it, and left the consumers with a false impression that the unsigned products were of poor quality.
Third, the CE Marking is not a mark on the quality of the product, it is a sign of the manufacturer’s own declaration to ensure free circulation of the product throughout Europe. The purpose of the CE Mark is a clear indication that a product meets the requirements of the relevant CE marking directives and should therefore not be stopped at the borders of the Member State.

Who is responsible for the problems?

In accordance with the CE Marking, manufacturers are responsible for conducting a full risk analysis to ensure that they meet the essential requirements and provide evidence that they have done so. If the product has a compatible standard, the manufacturer is obliged to implement it. An additional task of the manufacturer is now to determine whether the standard is entirely sufficient for the product and the environment, or if the product requires more safety testing before being placed on the market.

While the vast majority of EU producers are careful to invest in meeting these standards, there are criticisms that producers in a small number of EU member states have not been so strictly supervised. This led to cheaper, potentially unsafe products entering the market.

Achieving CE compliance

No doubt, EU-wide surveillance agencies address this issue with more effective policing of the CE Mark. This will provide a smoother playground for manufacturers in the EU and will ensure that the CE Mark remains as a mark to which trust can be placed.

Achieving CE compliance can be a complex process, especially when the combination of directives is applied simultaneously, due to the requirements of individual directives. For EU product security processes and directives, the Aegean Test Center can provide assistance and guidance with expert staff to support the products during the relevant testing process.

For CE-related recommendations Before contacting a device, we can contact us and provide the most accurate guidance by our expert teams.

For contact and detailed information

When you work with Ege Test Center expert teams, we eliminate the margin of error in CE Certification. For detailed information and communication, you can send an e-mail to marketing@egetestcenter.com or fill in the form at https://en.egetestcenter.com/applyonline/ and contact us.