1. “If all the components are CE Marked, your finished product is too.” No! It isn’t. The finished product needs to be assessed.
2. “If company’s products are one-offs CE Marking isn’t necessary.” You may want to receive expert guidance before coming to this conclusion. Remember that if a product is in service, it may need CE marking.
3. “CE Marking is relatively easy and can be done in- house.” CE Marking is an area of considerable expertise and should not be undertaken lightly. Rectification having failed certification first time around may be relatively easy, but re-testing is both costly and time consuming. Meanwhile, you’re off the market…
4. “We don’t know what standards or directives apply to our product or what testing is required, so we’ll wait for someone to tell us. It won’t affect us.” It will. If you market a product that requires CE Marking you will need to comply. The danger is that you might think that your products comply when they don’t, and ignorance is no excuse when safety is concerned. The ‘someone’ may be authorities taking action against you!
5. “It doesn’t apply to us because we only sell small quantities to B2B.” CE marking isn’t just a high volume consumer requirement, even small quantities are covered.
6. “We buy products in bulk from China and re-sell in Europe so we aren’t responsible for CE marking.” You are placing products on the market in Europe so you are, indeed, responsible.
7. “We are offering the product for customers to test, so CE marking is not required.” Products don’t have to be purchased, if they are being placed in service they require CE marking.
8. “We might want to change the design so we’ll wait for a while after the product has been launched, just in case.” CE marking certification needs to be in place when you launch. (Some design changes may require an amount of re-testing or analysis.)
9. “Our contract manufacturer will do it all.” The manufacturer may help you with documentation, testing or assessment, but it’s you – not them – that is responsible for CE marking. You sign the Declaration of Conformity.
10. “We’ve done Electro-Magnetic Compatibility testing so we can CE mark the product.” CE marking covers more than EMC testing.
11. “Once it’s tested that’s it – we pass the test and are free to sell the product.” No, there are documentation requirements, labelling requirements, Declarations of Conformity to be produced and, in some instances, a third party assessment to be done.
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