CE marking

SafeMech are experts in CE Marking for Machinery. We can help you with your design for CE marking, documentation such as Technical Files and Declarations of Conformity and with an overall compliance strategy.

CE markingA CE marking indicates that the equipment which carries it conforms to the requirements of all relevant CE marking Directives.

You can find a list of all current CE marking Directives on the EU Europa website on the following Link.

CE marking Directives include lists of Essential Requirements. Some Directives have short and simple Essential requirements, for example, the Low Voltage Directive which covers most electrical consumer Products virtually simply states that the equipment must be safe. The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC has a long list of fairly specific requirements for safety related aspects of the equipment.

The essential requirements of a Directive do not expect to provide a detailed specification of Technical requirements. Harmonised Standards provide this function. C type standards give requirements for specific classes of equipment, B type standards give requirements for more generic aspects.

A manufacturer or their authorised representative must supply a Declaration of Conformity (DOC) with the equipment. The DOC indicates to the buyer and user of the Equipment which Directives apply to the equipment

A manufacturer must be able to compile a Technical File which shows how their equipment meets the requirements of the Directives with which they are declaring conformity.

The most relevant Directives for CE marking of industrial equipment are:-

  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/Eu
  • Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 2014/68/EU

Of course, other Directives may also be relevant.


Frequently asked Questions

Q. Does my product need CE marking?
A. Not all products require CE marking. CE marking can only be applied if there is a CE marking Directive which covers that product. There are some surprising omissions, for example vehicle jacks come under the Machinery Directive as Lifting Equipment, but axle stands do not!

All products for sale within the EU come within the scope of the EU General Product Safety Directive which requires them to be safe, but that is not a CE marking Directive. There are many products which should not carry a CE marking.

Q. Do I need independent certification to allow me to place a CE marking on my product? 
A. In most cases the manufacturer can make a self Declaration of Conformity without third party certification. For products covered by some Directives and for some classes of equipment within certain Directives independent certificiation is required by a Notified Body appointed by an EU government. Items requiring Notified Body certification are normally in higher risk categories, for example, manually loaded presses within the scope of the Machinery Directive.



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