The European Commission has 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.
The European Commission and EU Member States have decided to lower further the fees payable to the Community agency responsible for granting EU-wide trade mark rights, OHIM (Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market, located in Alicante, Spain), and to simplify the registration procedure. This measure, which follows an initial reduction in 2005 (IP/05/1289), will make trade mark protection much cheaper and easier to obtain for businesses operating in the EU single market, saving them some €60 million a year. It will come into force on 1 May 2009.
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.
The CE marking is currently required in the following countries: