Safe Products

The CE label is familiar to everyone from a variety of products used on a daily basis. It can be found everywhere, whether at work or at home, in bathrooms or nurseries, in beer gardens or basement hobby rooms.

Virtually all products brought to market in the European Union must pass through the CE labelling process and bear the CE mark. It signifies that the product’s manufacturer fulfils the statutory requirements and has produced the product in accordance with these requirements.

What is a CE label?

The CE label declares that the product satisfies the applicable requirements defined in the harmonisation legislation of the European Community governing its attachment. The CE label is an administrative mark that documents that the product has been subject to the provisions harmonised in the EU.

CE labelling and statutory requirements

These statutory requirements have been codified in directives of the European Community. Each EC member state is now called upon to incorporate these directives into national legislation on their coming into force. In Germany, this is achieved via the German Product Safety Act (ProdSG) and other legislation. Many directives have been put into law in ordinances.

Who is CE relevant for?

Is CE labelling relevant to you?

To be able to supply products in the EU, manufacturers or importers require a CE label on the product. This serves as proof that the product satisfies the applicable requirements and all EU directives applicable to the product have been incorporated.

The manufacturer must apply the CE directives if planning to “bring a product to market” that is considered to be within the area of application of a CE directive. Importers may have manufacturer obligations if e.g. an original product is modified such that a new conformity procedure is necessary.

CE labelling from a company perspective

Companies that modify products with CE labelling must verify whether the change to the product involves an significant modification. If so, new CE certification is required. Read more about this in our “Machine life cycle” white paper!

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CE-Kennzeichnung Anwender Maschine

CE labelling from a user perspective

For users, it is important that the CE labelling, as simply a self-declaration of the manufacturer, does not represent a testing or quality seal. If a product is identified as unsafe, it is included in the RAPEX list .

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Current Whitepaper

CE Kennzeichnung Maschinenlebenszyklus

Machine life cycle

Machine life cycle: all-round safety – for full service life

The life cycle of a machine means the period of time from its initial manufacture to its scrappage. This white paper tells you how to comply with the various requirements stipulated by legislative bodies to ensure the exclusion of potential hazards to persons and the environment from a machine throughout the full period.

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CE Kennzeichnung; EG Erklärung; software technische dokumenntation

EC declaration of conformity

EC declaration of conformity according to the machinery directive

This white paper supports you in creating an EC declaration of conformity according to the machinery directive. Content providing clarity and details on the CE certification process tell you what you need to be aware of.

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CE labelling steps

CE labelling procedure

In this white paper, we present the steps specified by the EU to successfully perform CE labelling in clear and concise detail. The document is particularly helpful if you are active in the mechanical engineering industry.

[Download white paper: CE labelling steps]


Hazard assessment in the age of Industry 4.0

Effect of new processes on occupational safety and health

Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0, but what really is it and what effect are changing production processes having on occupational safety and health? Our white paper on the topic explains the role this plays with respect to hazard assessment according to the German Ordinance on Industrial Safety and Health and the resulting ramifications amongst other issues.

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