Nowadays, lots of products have to achieve a CE marking before they can be bought and sold within the European Economic Area. This mark is the symbol that proves a product meets a series of health, safety and environmental protection standards.
Here, we’ll explain exactly what a CE marking on appliances and machinery actually means, what are the requirements and what steps manufacturers must take to achieve it.
The CE mark, or European Conformity mark, represents a declaration by manufacturers, importers and distributors that a given product complies with a series of technical and legal requirements set out by European product directives.
Not all products can carry a CE marking, such as those used in manual processes (tools, ladders, etc.), but you’ll certainly notice them on things like lifts, pressure equipment, low‑voltage equipment, as well as products where there’s a risk of explosion.
All products considered industrial machinery are regulated by Directive 2006/42/CE of the CE marking, which guarantees a basic level of health and safety for consumers and workers alike.
There are a number of requirements when obtaining CE markings given, depending on the type of machinery and materials involved, the safety directives and design and manufacturing processes involved can be very different.
Generally speaking, the essential requirements cover the following topics:
Furthermore, there are some other specific requirements set out in harmonised standards, which take into account the precise methods required to meet certain objectives that are more in line with a particular product, such as the UNE-EN 1090 standard, which relates to CE markings on metal structures.
There are 6 steps that lead to obtaining CE markings on appliances and machinery for manufacturers. Keep in mind that failure to have a CE marking may result in products being detained at customs, as well as other legal consequences should they be involved in an accident.