What steps should I take for CE marking?

January 24, 2019 11:23

Step 1 – Check which EU guidelines apply to your product:
There are EU directives for product groups for which CE marking is mandatory. For example the Low Voltage Directive (LVD), the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive. It is quite possible that several guidelines apply for one product group.

Step 2 – Check to which standards you need to test your product:

As a manufacturer you can use harmonized standards to test the safety of your product for each directive. For example, in the RED we know ETSI EN 300 328 V2.1.1 (2016-11). This is a standard you can use to test ‘Data transmission equipment’ operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. It may be possible that no harmonized standard is available for your product. If this is the case, you can contact a Notified Body for the relevant guideline. Kiwa Telefication is a Notified Body for the RED.

Step 3 – Test your product and check whether it conforms to the guidelines:

The manufacturer or importer of a product must test the product and verify that it complies with the essential requirements of the applicable directives. An important part of this is risk assessment and testing against the applicable standards.

Step 4 – Prepare technical documentation and keep it available to market surveillance authorities on request:
Manufacturers must demonstrate their product meets relevant requirements by making technical documentation available. This documentation includes product designs, specifications, test reports, test certificates, a manual and a declaration of conformity. Importers of products that have been manufactured outside the EEU must have a written statement in which the manufacturer pledges that the documentation can be provided at the request of the market authority. The documentation must be kept for 10 years after the manufacturing date of the product;

Step 5 – Apply CE marking to your product and draw up an EU Declaration of Conformity:

The CE marking must be affixed in a visible, legible and indelible manner on the product or on its information label. If you made use of the services of a Notified Body as Kiwa Telefication during the product inspection, the identification number of this Notified Body must also be stated on the product. By drawing up and signing a declaration of conformity you indicate that you are responsible for the conformity of the product.

Source: website Netherlands Enterprise Agency