Unfortunately, the process of determining whether the CE marking applies to a product is rather complex. The European legislator does not provide product lists or nomenclatures which indicate the appropriate CE marking directives.
The European CE certification procedure has been mainly set up to:
- Harmonize all varying national regulations for consumer and industrial products in European Member States, so that the Single Market is encouraged;
- Bring about cost savings for producers;
- Enhance the safety of products;
- Supply public bodies with a uniform procedure that can be checked.
The European Commission has decided to withdraw the presumption of conformity for clause 5.6 of the standard EN 12312-9:2005 ‘Aircraft ground support equipment – specific requirements. Container/Pallet loaders’.
The European Commission has published updated lists of European harmonized standards that pertain to the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive 87/404/EEC, the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC, and the Cableways Directive 2000/9/EC. Manufacturers of these types of equipment that have used European harmonized standards to prove compliance (presumption of conformity) should check if these standards are still valid, or whether they have been updated by these lists.
The European Commission published updated lists of European harmonized standards for the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC. Manufacturers of CE marked pressure equipment should check if the European harmonized standards that they have used during the conformity assessment are still valid, or whether they have been updated by these lists.
On January 13, a European safety standard for baby walkers, which will help to prevent many childhood accidents, has been published in the Official Journal, following its formal adoption by the European Commission. Hospital emergency data from both the EU and the US over the last 20 years consistently shows that baby walkers are a hazard, with thousands of infants treated for baby walker accidents every year. Research from Australia indicates that at least one in three children using baby walkers will be injured at some point. Further research from the UK’s Child Accident Prevention Trust estimates that more children are injured by baby walkers than by any other nursery product. Baby walker accidents, such as tipping over or falling down stairs, can be very serious, as in most cases they involve injuries to the head. The EU standard introduces a requirement for stability tests during the manufacture of baby walkers, and for the design to be geared towards reducing the risk of injuries. Member States backed the Commission’s proposal to introduce this standard at the General Product Safety Committee (GPSD) in November 2008 and the European Parliament has also welcomed the decision. The standard will provide all economic operators and market surveillance authorities will have a clear, quick and single reference for making, importing or checking baby walkers for safety.
European Commissioner László Kovács, responsible for Taxation and Customs, today signed an Action Plan with the Chinese Ambassador Song to strengthen customs cooperation on protecting Intellectual Property Rights. They also signed an agreement to enhance customs co-operation in monitoring trade and preventing trafficking and the diversion of drug precursors (chemicals that are essential to the illicit manufacture of narcotic drugs).
The European Commission welcomes today’s adoption by the European Parliament of its proposal to substantially strengthen EU-rules on toy safety. It gives consumers assurance that toys sold in the EU fulfil the highest safety requirements world-wide, especially those relating to the use of chemical substances.