What is the cost of CE marking and certification?

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CE marking is mandatory when importing many products to the European Union. The stakes are high, as your shipment can be seized by the customs authorities if it’s not properly CE marked and certified.

But what is the cost of CE marking and certification? And, who should pay for it?

In this article, you will learn how you can manage the CE process on your own without paying a single euro – but why it makes sense to hire a consultant to handle certain parts of the process.

At least the first time you import a product that must be CE marked.

But first, let’s recap on what CE marking actually is:

CE is a framework, rather than a standard. Many, but not all, EU directives require that a product is CE marked.

To CE mark a product, you must take these steps:

a. Create the CE label file (and make sure that your products get labelled correctly)

b. Confirm all applicable directives (i.e., RoHS and LVD)

c. Create a User Manual, Technical file and Declaration of Conformity

1. You can practically do it yourself without spending a cent

CE marking involves creating label files and a set of documents. That’s really how simple it can be to get your product CE compliant.

You can find a lot of information about applicable directives and EN standards for free on the internet, including here on Chinaimportal.com.

It’s indeed time consuming, but you can do everything by yourself, for free.

For most products, third party lab testing is not even mandatory, even though it’s recommended.

If you decide to go through the CE marking process on your own, you need to take the following steps:

a. Research all applicable directives

b. Create label files

c. Create Declaration of Conformity, Manual and Technical file

While a test report may not be mandatory, notice that the authorities in any EU state can require that you provide a test report to prove that the product is compliant with all relevant EN directives.

Normally, you don’t need to submit the documentation or get any form of third party approval. You just create the documents and keep them for at least 10 years.

It’s indeed time consuming to figure out how these documents should look the first time, but it’s highly rewarding as you can easily replicate the process when importing other products in the future. Continue reading What is the cost of CE marking and certification?

Product Regulations in the European Union: A Beginner’s Guide

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Product regulations, such as safety standards and labeling requirements, are mostly ‘harmonized’ in the European Union.

As such, the same regulations apply in all member states. A product that is compliant in the United Kingdom, is therefore also compliant in Poland and Italy.

The European Union has arguably the most developed set of product regulations, covering essentially every product category from electronics and toys – to textiles and furniture.

In some cases, it’s only a matter of ensuring compliance with simple labeling requirements, while compliance for other products require lab testing and plenty of documentation.

In this article, we explain what startups and ecommerce companies must know, before importing products to the European Union.

European Union (EN) Product Safety Standards

The EU has developed standards that apply to specific products, materials or components. Below follows a few examples:

  • EN 54: Fire detection and fire alarm systems
  • EN 71: Safety of toys
  • EN 166: Personal eye protection. Specifications
  • EN 374: Protective gloves against chemicals and micro-organisms

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Declaration of Conformity for EU Importers: By Ferry Vermeulen

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Product compliance is much more than just laboratory testing. European importers, in virtually every industry, are obliged to issue certain documentation – to demonstrate compliance with all applicable product regulations.

Perhaps the most important of all documents is the Declaration of Conformity (DoC).

It’s a rather complex topic, so we decided to ask an expert. His name is Ferry Vermeulen, founder of INSTRKTIV.com.

In this article, Ferry explains what every EU based importer must know about drafting a Declaration of Conformity, and the various other documents you need.

Ferry, tell us a bit about yourself and Instrktiv.com

I am founder and director of business development at INSTRKTIV. After starting my own industrial design agency back in 2006, I co-founded the company Manualise in 2009.

As the CEO from 2009 – 2015, my content strategy brought the company over 15 #1 Google positions on main keywords like ‘creating user manuals’ which led to many international clients, such as Electrolux, AkzoNobel, Schneider Electric and Lid.

In 2016 I founded INSTRKTIV GmbH and moved from Amsterdam to Berlin. INSTRKTIV helps companies and brands to produce their technical documentation.

The company stands for content quality, both in the field of usability and liability: The manual as a legal document, which not only serves the keystone in terms of liability but also promotes safe and proper use, is at the core of this.

It makes me happy to help German and international companies developing appealing and compliant documentation which contribute to a better user experience.

In my ‘Man-Machine-Blog” I give hands on tips & techniques to improve the quality of content and improve the user experience. I cover topics like CE marking, the Declaration of Conformity (Read more) and Simplified Technical English. Continue reading Declaration of Conformity for EU Importers: By Ferry Vermeulen

Myth and Reality of CE Marking When Importing from China

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The CE mark is a well known compliance marked, found on a wide range of different products, for example electronics, toys and machinery. The CE mark signals compliance with all, to the specific product, applicable regulations: For example the Low Voltage Directive or the EN 71 Toy Safety Directive. The CE Mark is not applicable to all products. However, it is mandatory for all products within its scope of regulations.

As I will further explain in this article, there is a lot more to CE marking than what meets the eye, namely the printed little logo. While many importers are aware that there are requirements for testing and documentation, plenty of businesses fail to understand how such documentation is produced, and what it must include.

Then there is China. CE marking procedures are not developed with importers in mind. While ensuring CE marking compliance is relatively simple for an EU or US based manufacturer, which is only concerned with its own products – it’s far more complex for importers buying from contract manufacturers in China, and other developing countries in Asia. We debunk 6 common myths concerning CE marking when importing from China, and explain the background to each one.

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CE Marking, Testing and Certification When Buying From China: Everything European Importers Must Know – By Han Zuyderwijk

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Han Zuyderwijk (LinkedIN) is the founder of Amsterdam based CEmarking.net, and one of Europe’s leading experts on CE marking and EU compliance. In this article, Han Zuyderwijk explains what CE marking is, and what kind of product documentation European importers need. He also explains why compliance with the various CE marking directives if far more complicated, when importing from China. Keep reading, and learn everything you must know about CE marking, as a European importer.

When must a product be CE marked?

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WEEE Directive: What EU Electronics Importers Must Know

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Unlike RoHS, which restricts usage of heavy metals in electronics, the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive has several elements, each having an on electronics importers in the European Union. Among there are recycling contribution schemes, dismantling design requirements, and labelling requirements. We will get back to those in a bit, but first you might want to know which product categories are within the scope of regulation. Continue reading WEEE Directive: What EU Electronics Importers Must Know

Low Voltage Directive (LVD): Compliance When Importing Electronics to Europe

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What is the aim of the Low Voltage Directive?

The Low Voltage Directive (LVD) is one of the first European CE directives. Its main goal is to ensure that all the electrical devices by an EU member (France, for instance) approved by a country that belongs to the European Union are also conforming to the laws of all the other members of the EU, especially for what concerns safety regulations.

As for many other CE directives, the LVD doesn’t define any specific technical standard itself. Instead, it refers to a list of specific IEC/ISO EN norms that both European manufacturers and importers must respect.

What categories of products fall within the scope of the Low Voltage Directive?

The LVD covers electrical and electronics devices with an input or output voltage between 50 and 1000 Volt for alternating current (AC), or a voltage ranging between 75 to 1500 Volts, for Direct Current (DC).

Notice that the LVD directive doesn’t cover the voltage that may be developed inside the device, unless the user can accede to the internal components without using an instrument such as a screwdriver or a hammer. Continue reading Low Voltage Directive (LVD): Compliance When Importing Electronics to Europe

CE, RoHS and FCC Certification Explained – Interview with Han Zuyderwijk of CEmarking.net

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Han Zuyderwijk (we’ll give you a free Supplier Screening if you can properly pronounce his last name) is the founder of cemarking.net, the leading online resource for information on product certification. In this interview, Han explains what CE, RoHS and FCC really means – and why European and American importers should care!

Han, please tell us a bit about what you do and how you got started.

Hi, my name is Han Zuyderwijk. My last name is really a tongue-breaker, so everyone calls me just Han. Han is short for Johannes: in English you’d say “John”. I am Dutch. Yeah, a real cheese head… Continue reading CE, RoHS and FCC Certification Explained – Interview with Han Zuyderwijk of CEmarking.net

EORI Number – Everything you need to know

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EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Identification) is a numbering scheme that was introduced by the European Union in 2009. If you’re not based in the European Union you can stop reading right now and move to some of our more interesting topics. However, if you happen to be based in any EU country and plan to import products for a commercial purpose (i.e. buying and selling products) from outside the EU, then you must apply for one.

An EORI number consists of an ISO country code (EU member state) and a maximum of 15 digits. For Germany, it can look like this: DE5512345678. Let’s have a look at some of the most common questions asked by importers regarding EORI numbers. Continue reading EORI Number – Everything you need to know