What Are The Costs Of CE Certification?

For the last 20 years, there has not been a single week in which I have not been asked the following:

“How much does CE marking cost?”

It is a very understandable question. I am sure that it is on your mind as well. Before you start the process of getting the CE marking, it is good to have an overview of the costs involved. But most people do not realize how difficult it is to answer this question.
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What is a directive?

A European directive can be regarded as an European law, and – unlike it’s name may assume – is legally binding for every Member State of the European Union. Through transposition into the national legislation of the Member States, persons and companies are subject to the requirements of the European directives.

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Who is responsible for CE marking?

The CE marking requirements covers different aspects of a product’s design, production and distribution. Typically, various companies are involved in the design, manufacturing, distribution and placing on the market of products. The contributions of each single of these links in the production chain and distribution chain may affect the CE compliance of a product. For example, a product may be designed in accordance with the requirements, but may in the end not comply because during the production stage there was a deviation from the design. Or an electronic component may have been tested and approved for the requirements for electromagnetic interference, but can start to emit illegitimate disturbance when installed incorrectly. This raises the question of who is responsible for the CE marking.
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What is the objective of CE marking?

The European CE certification procedure has been mainly set up to:

  1. Harmonize all varying national regulations for consumer and industrial products in European Member States, so that the Single Market is encouraged;
  2. Bring about cost savings for producers;
  3. Enhance the safety of products;
  4. Supply public bodies with a uniform procedure that can be checked.

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