How much does CE certification cost?

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 certification 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.

Actually, it is similar to going to a builder, say that you want a six-room house on two acres, and asking to know the costs. That question is simply impossible to answer. There are far too many variables. It is the same with CE marking and CE certification. There are so many variables that can affect the price you pay. You don’t buy CE marking by the pound.

The price of CE certification can differ greatly from one product to another. I have seen prices range from $ 64 to $ 64,000. The price is often affected by which certification procedure applies to the product, whether the company can do some or all of the conformity assessments themselves, as well as the level of support needed to prepare the required compliance documents, Technical File, user manuals, and product labeling.

Which CE certification procedure or procedures applies/apply, is based on the technical specifications of a product, as well as its ‘intended purpose’. Only when these factors are clear, the correct CE marking directive or directives (yes, a product can be covered by more than one CE directive at the same time), European harmonized standards, and certification procedure can be determined.
In many cases, the CE directives offer two or more certification procedures that may be used. The costs associated with one or the other procedure can vary, and thus this is one of the aspects to keep in mind.

What do you need to know to get an accurate overview of the costs of CE certification?

You need to clarify the following points:

  • Which CE directive or CE directives apply/applies to the product?
  • Which standards apply to the product? And do these standards have the status of European harmonized standards or not?
  • Which certification procedure or procedures applies/apply?

With this information, you can compare quotes from service providers such as test laboratories, certification bodies, and consultants and ensure that will provide the same service. (Compare apples to apples!)

To determine the costs of CE certification you also should take into account the following aspects:

a. Are you required to involve a 3rd party certification body, or are you allowed to do self-certification?
The biggest myth about CE certification is:

“To get CE marking, products must be tested and certified by a third party certification body”.

This myth has cost a lot of companies a lot of money. In almost 90% of the cases, the CE marking regulations allow products to be self-certified for CE marking. In other words, you can do the CE marking yourself and you are not required to have the product certified by a third-party certification body. Obviously, CE marking self-certification can save your company a lot of time and money.
You too can learn to do CE self-certification. For example, with our online guides and courses, it is quite easy.

b. Is it possible for you to do in-house testing/inspections, or do you need to subcontract this?
Many of the required tests and conformity assessments can be performed by your company. Simply because it is a visual inspection or because it does not require special equipment and test equipment is available (or can be obtained).

c. Is it possible to leverage the tests and certifications already done by suppliers?
In many cases, it is possible to skip certain tests because they are already done by component or part suppliers. That can save you a lot of costs.

d. Do you want to combine CE marking with other (private) certifications/markings (e.g. GS, TUV, NEMKO, DEMKO, SEMKO, etc., etc.)?
There are testing and certification bodies that are accredited for various international markings and certification schemes. With one basic test in combination with some targeted additional tests
, your product can be approved for many markets, and thus you can spread the costs of certification over a bigger number of products.

e. Can you buy CE-approved parts or components that will make your own CE marking effort easier?
I can give you a practical example: one of my clients manufactures a small optical inspection tool (a small car with a video camera) with an RF remote control module. The RF module was purchased from a vendor, and it already was CE approved. And as a result, my client did not have to test his product against the RF standards.

f. Have you thought about the internal company resources you require for CE marking? Do these have to be included in your budget?
What I mean here are the costs of the persons who will have to dedicate time to the initial CE (self) certification, and afterward to keep updated with the regulations and standards.

g. Have you taken into consideration that the existing design may not pass the conformity assessments and that it needs to be modified? How much time and money does it cost us to make design changes? How much does it cost us to do the re-testing?

As you can see there are many things to consider. All aspects mentioned above have an effect on the costs. In most cases, you can do a lot yourself, possibly with some guidance and instructions, thus saving a lot of money. Risk analysis, the compilation of the Technical File, conformity assessment against essential requirements of the directives and standards, and the Declaration of Conformity. These all can be done by you or your colleagues if you invest a little time in learning how to do it.

The biggest costs in CE certification are inherent to the time that test laboratories, certification bodies, and consultants need to spend on your products. I think that by looking at your product, you can already estimate that the time investment for conformity assessment, risk analysis, or the compilation alone is at least a full day of work, and likely more. Multiply this with a reasonable hourly fee, and you will conclude that the cost of CE certification easily exceeds $1500. For product testing alone you often need several days to run the required test procedure. I have seen wear and tear tests for construction products that take 1 month!

Sun-rain test. One of the most expensive CE certification test.
Wear and tear test simulating sun-rain, which can cost up to $64,000…

Surely, you may find laboratories and consultants in the market who claim they can do it for a very low fee. My experience and the experience of my clients with these companies is that the provided services are very cheap as well. Please consider this: the CE marking is about providing evidence that the product complies with the applicable requirements. In the case you have to involve a test laboratory or certification body, it is better to use a well-established, reputable company than a cheap unknown company. Because when your product’s CE compliance is challenged, its acceptance by authorities and your customers depend on the reliability of the (test)certificate and report.

At CEMARKING.NET, we have developed a Six Step CE Marking Framework that helps you to do as much as possible yourself, thus reducing the costs of CE marking. We offer this Framework as an On-Line Workshop, as a Coaching Program, and as a Done-For-You service. The first step is dedicated to determining which directives and standards apply to your products, and how you can do the CE marking efficiently and in a cost-effective way. For this, we conduct a documentation review and a gap analysis. We offer this first step of our framework as a separate service. That means you can get a report with an overview of the applicable requirements and recommendations with the steps you need to take, without investing in the full-service package. Contact us for more information on our services.

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How much does CE certification cost? was updated on September 29-2022.

169 thoughts on “How much does CE certification cost?”

  1. Thank you Han. It was fantastic. By any chance can you tell me about the cost of CE for a gel documentation system?
    Regards
    M.R.Bassami

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  2. Hi Han, Nice internet site. I’m looking into importing a towbar which from what I understand have passed ISO standards. Towbars need to pass 94/20/EC for CE conformity. Could these ISO testing results be used in the technical file before self-declaration, or would the tests need to be carried out again by a third party (as testing equipment may be costly) in order to gain a certificate of conformity? Any idea on costs on testing? Thanks again for your great site! :)

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    • The 94/20/EC is a European Directive alright, however it is not a directive that requires a CE marking. Also it’s conformity assessment procedures are quite different from those of the CE Directives. I haven’t read the 94/20/EC, and I am not familiar with its requirements and certification procedures.

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  3. Hi
    I would like to Know under which directice do i have to take the CE mark for Dental Implants and how much will it cost for the Same.
    reg…
    Sean Dsilva

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  4. Hi Han,

    Informative site. Do you have a list of the test lab can do the following stds?

    ASIA region if possible

    ETSI EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1:2008
    ETSI EN 301 489-12 V1.2.1:2003
    IEC60950-1
    FCC Part 15B

    I am sourcing a lab that can do these including the certification for competetive cost.

    Thanks a lot

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  5. Hi Han

    We have a battery powered handset product (similar to a TV remote controller). We have done all of the EMC and R&TTE testing needed for the product but we are not sure about the 60950 safety testing. We are being quoted $4000 but think this excessive as most of the tesing pertains to mains electricity and electrocution potential. Our product works of 4.5V and average current consumption is 3mA, it has no dangerous components and will only set on fire if you put in one. Is there a way to self certify a product like this without paying for expensive testing, most of which will be marked n/a.

    Thanks for any help

    John

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  6. 60950 safety testing. We are being quoted $4000 but think this excessive as most of the tesing pertains to mains electricity and electrocution potential. Our product works of 4.5V and average current consumption is 3mA, it has no dangerous components and will only set on fire if you put in one. Is there a way to self certify a product like this without paying for expensive testing, most of which will be marked n/a.

    Thanks for any help

    John

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  7. Han,
    We have a client with a medical diagnostic product, patch & meter to read. Does he need patient clinical trials to proof his methode to be accurate and does he need to demosntrate in more than 1 EU state, how many patients does he need for the trials and how longer process after the data is ready to be filed to recieve the ce mark. further what are the filing fees and approx. costs for the clinical
    Thanks

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  8. Thank you, really useful information. I’m just working on importing fancy dress items to the UK so it’s all very helpful! Do you think this is something I can do myself? Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer :)

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  9. Hello Han, I was wondering if you could possibly point me in the right direction, i am in the process of manufacturing a range of socket/switches etc however the electrical components for these will be bought in from a certified source, if I’m just making the surrounds for them do you think this would legally require any certification on my part to enable me to sell them or would i be ok due to the electrical components being previously tested ?

    Regards

    Ben Naylor

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    • Hi Ben,

      Thank you for your question. First, you have to be aware that because your company is selling these sockets and switches in the market under its name, it is responsible to ensure the compliance with the regulations. If the approved electrical components come from one supplier, and these components have been tested as one configuration against the appropriate standards, you can base your CE marking on theirs. Make sure that you receive the documented proof of CE compliance from the supplier.
      If the components come from different suppliers, they have never been tested working together. While individual components may comply with standards for the component, it does not mean automatically that the combined components comply with the standards for sockets or switches. So in that case I would recommend you to have the sockets/switches tested/certified.

      BTW. Please note that plugs and sockets are exempted from the Low Voltage Directive and the CE marking… (See the text of the Low Voltage Directive).

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    • Hi Andrew, you’d have to look for the Gas Appliance Directive. The BBQ will have to be tested against the applicable European harmonized standards by an approved test laboratory/certification body (a so-called Notified Body). If you need help with preparing the Technical File and finding the approved body, let me know.

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      • Hello,
        One of our customer is asking for CE marking on the products we are supplying them, the products are light fixtures, can you let me the process & cost to get CE marks, & i want to let you know one more thing, most of the parts we are out sourcing , just the assembly & fabrication & spraying we are doing, is that possible to get CE in our companies name, please let me the process

        Regards
        Khiz

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  10. This is a hydrogen generator, patented and CE Accredited. Declaration of conformity. It has been tested at Wemtech UK. We are having some trouble securing Government support unless it goes through even more testing via VCA/VOSA ? Who inform us there is no specific testing really available for this system in place than we have already done .. Any ideas ? Retesting at VCA just because it’s favoured? Thanks

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  11. Hello Han
    I am buying safety shoe from a company whose products are CE certified. I am buying the same CE certified product from them but am selling it under my own brand name. Will I need to take CE marking seperately under my own brand name or will the existing CE marking with the manufacturer suffice.

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    • Well, depends. Is your supplier prepared to release the Technical File to you so you can send it to the authorities when required? But if I were in your shoes :) , I would certainly like to make sure they are fully compliant and all required documentation is in place. I say this because your company is fully liable, even although it is another firm’s product.

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  12. Hi , iam planning to import parts from China (all CE marked) and assemple it in Italy to make IPL machines for epilation purpose.The machine must have CE1023 certification as medica device.Any idea about costs?Is Your company able to help me with resonable prices?

    Regards

    diego Bellafiore

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  13. Is there a boilerplate form for applying for CE marking? My product has FDA approval and has been in use for over twenty years and has been tested extensively. It seems to me that the application should be easy but the paperwork is hard to find.

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  14. Dear sir
    We are trying to export our 1500mm lamp to Germany. Can we sell a LED lamp which has only converter CE with out lamp CE for complete item? In Australia, it is possible to sell the Downlight which has only converter CE without lamp CE. The LED lamp is for outdoor tennis court.

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  15. hii:)
    i was wondering if i imported in some products with the CE logo already and want to brand them under my own name do they require further testing in the case where the documentation has been provided by the original manufacturers?

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  16. Dear Mr Han,

    We are proposing to manufacture articulated boom lifts, scissor lifts and ariel work platform.

    As these equipment involve lifting of human beings we feel these must be covered under CE marking / certification.

    Can you please guide on this subject?

    Awaiting your reply.

    Regards,

    Shrirang Machhe

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  17. Hi
    I have been making baby blankets with labels attached all around the edge, for friends now want to sell to general public what do I need to do to get ce marking
    Regards
    Emma

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  18. I need to find out what products my company produces are CE certified. I need access to the website that has these certifications. Thanks, Joyce

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  19. Hi Han,

    l am thinking of making a two seat human gyroscope,they will not be for sale but the public will be able to ride on them for a small fee, what ce would l need?
    thanks
    Terry

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  20. Hi Mr Han, If i want to import beauty machine in my salon singapore. But the machine is from china have CE Certificates. Can i import?

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  21. I am looking to import a led 25.30.40watt led lamp which are already Approvals: TUV ,EMC ,RoHS, CE certified in china ,they have a copy of their ce cert listed on their web site which i have downloaded a copy firstly would we be covered by these certificates and how do we prove proof of marking

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  22. Hi,
    I important lighting from China, which is not ce approved then I sew it into clothing and sell wholesale to stores. Do I need to get my product central tested? Do I need to get the lighting central tested even though I don’t manufacturer it?
    Thanks
    Sean

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    • Yes, the lighting falls within the scope of CE directives. Your clothes integrating lighting also falls within these directives.

      So, when importing the lighting that is not CE approved, you have a responsibility to have it CE approved. As manufacturer of products that fall within the scope of CE directives, you are responsible for getting them CE approved before placing them on the market.

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  23. Date 20th May 2013.

    Dear Han
    Regret that we did not attend Medica 2012. Howeve we would like to give you, our company acitivity:
    We are manufacturers of Laboratory Plastic Disposables, like
    1. Specimen containers both sterile and non sterile of various size, 30ml, 60ml, 120ml.
    2. Test tubes 12×75 non sterile
    3. Centrifuge tubes 16x100mm non sterile labeled and non labeled.
    4. Petridish sterilized by ETO
    5. Blood collection tubes EDTA (anticoagulant)
    6. Transer or Pausteur pipettes.

    We need to the followings:
    We wish to appoint you as authorized rep, and get CE marking on our product to sell in Europe.

    Get our factory certified for ISO 13485

    Pls Visit our website wwww.saudiplast.com

    Pls send us your proposals.

    Thanks and Best Regards
    Iqbal syed ahmed
    Arab Circle Healthcate / Arab circle Industries / Saudiplast
    Jeddah Industrial city phase 5: P.O.Box 32388 Jeddah 21428
    Saudi Arabia
    Tel +9662 6081420 Fax +9662 6081410 – email arabcircl@yahoo.com

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  24. Date 20th May 2013.

    Dear Han
    . Howeve we would like to give you, our company acitivity:
    We are manufacturers of Laboratory Plastic Disposables, like
    1. Specimen containers both sterile and non sterile of various size, 30ml, 60ml, 120ml.
    2. Test tubes 12×75 non sterile
    3. Centrifuge tubes 16x100mm non sterile labeled and non labeled.
    4. Petridish sterilized by ETO
    5. Blood collection tubes EDTA (anticoagulant)
    6. Transer or Pausteur pipettes.

    We need to the followings:
    We wish to appoint you as authorized rep, and get CE marking on our product to sell in Europe.

    Get our factory certified for ISO 13485

    Pls Visit our website wwww.saudiplast.com

    Pls send us your proposals.

    Thanks and Best Regards
    Iqbal syed ahmed
    Arab Circle Healthcate / Arab circle Industries / Saudiplast
    Jeddah Industrial city phase 5: P.O.Box 32388 Jeddah 21428
    Saudi Arabia
    Tel +9662 6081420 Fax +9662 6081410 – email arabcircl@yahoo.com

    Reply
  25. Hello Han, my friend wants to subcontract small company which produce electronics to make a really simple GSM/GPRS remote data logger. All components will have CE marking. I learned from previous comments he still need to certify device as a whole. If this is true can you give me a really rough CE marking cost estimation? Thanks in advance.

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    • Hi Dennis,

      That depend on the design of the signs. The electrical/electronic part can be self-certified. But the signs that are fixed to posts or constructions may require intervention of a Notified Body.

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  26. Hi Hans,

    I am designing a bathroom cabinet mirror. I have identified the harmonised standards from the LVD as there are lights, however, will this be deemed a construction product? therefore will I have to comply with the harmonised standards for the CPR directive?

    I really hope you can help.

    Thanks

    Adam

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    • This depends on the question if the mirrors fall within the definition of construction products in the CPR. Is it intended to be fixed into a building?

      My estimation is that compliance with the LVD is sufficient in your case.

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        • You need to investigate if there is a European harmonized standard or other European technical specification that would bring it in the scope of the CPR.

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  27. Hi Han,
    We are a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment. We are interested in getting CE marking on our switches so we can expand into Europe. Do you recommend a particular house to allow us to get that done?
    Thanks

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  28. Hi Han,

    We distribute mobile digital recorder from China under
    our name in US as OEM. Our Manufacture in China who already acquired CE
    certification for this product under their name. If we have to sell exact same product
    which is under our name do we need to apply a new CE marking or can we
    use their certification because underneath it is a same product.
    Appreciate your assistant. Thanks Tony.

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    • Your company will be responsible for the CE marking. It means that your company is expected to be able to prove compliance through the Technical File. Simple assuming that the manufacturer will have done the CE marking and has the Technical File (and will give you access to it!) is not enough. I have seen countless examples of products that do not comply (or fail to continue to comply), so forgive me for being sceptical. You would need to ensure everything is alright. I would recommend building your own Technical File, and use documents that the manufacturer can provide you. Whatever is missing you can include yourself.

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  29. Hi Han,
    We are manufacturing electrical rubber gloves. we are not able to find notifying bodies who have this scope under them. Can you please suggest us the cheapest notifying body for CE marking on electrical rubber gloves. We are located in INDIA.

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  30. Hi Han,

    We are a university department interested in commercializing some custom-made laboratory apparatus and for this we are seeking CE marking as part of our commercialization activities. As for many people this activity is pretty confusing and time-consuming. We would be interested to get consultant advice in how to go about the certification process, even though we are ready to produce all the certification work ourself (i.e. safety testing, file compiling etc..). We just need to be told what direction to head to ! Do you provide such services? If so please get in touch, it would be much appreciated. Many thanks

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    • Hi Alex,
      Yes, we do provide such service. It will be our pleasure to assist you. Can you please fill out the form on this support page, and provide us with your contact details (https://cemarking.net/support/) ? We will contact you and discuss your consulting needs.

      Kind Regards,
      Han

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  31. Hello,

    One of our customer is asking for CE marking on the products we are supplying
    them, the products are Orifice plates and Nozzles, can you let me the
    process & cost to get CE marks

    Best Regards,

    DAEHAN INSTRUMENT CO., LTD, (Korea)
    A. Karimi

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  32. Hi ,
    I am starting to make gym equipment and would like to know if I need a seperate inspection on each product. For eg, if I can put a ce mark on a bench press do I need to get the squat rack inspected too or can I put the ce mark on them both without having the squat rack inspected?

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  33. Hello,
    We are a small start-up. We have developed a new product (micro-purifier for shower). We are manufacturing it in a Chinese factory. All the intern components are bought in China. We want to sell this product worldwide and in europe. Should all the internal components be marked CE? Thanks you!

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    • Hi May!
      No, the components do not need to be CE marked. Only the final product that you place on the EU market needs CE marking.

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  34. Hello, i have a company that sells our own brand of sunglasses which are manufactured in China, i would like to know where i can find out the requirements i need to get the CE marking, thanks a lot!

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  35. hi han,

    I am designing and building a HHO car kit in the uk, it will produce oxyhydrogen to supplement the burning of gas to improve emissions and mpg (the gas is pumped into the air intake). The modification to the car is not permanent and can be removed at any time.
    I assume this would need a CE mark to sell within the UK?
    What would i need to do to self test this product as far as possible?

    many thanks

    Reply
        • Sorry, but I do not appreciate consultants and test laboratories to come into our house and advertise their test or consulting services in the forms or comments. This is a product that will fall under the Directive 2004/104/EC or 2004/108/EC, both for which your organisation does not have accredited services. Please stop misusing this platform.

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    • Hi JJ,

      Wow, this is a complicated question. As you read in the article above, there are many aspects that need to be taken into consideration. It is not something that can be easily answered. This really would be consulting job. A consultant needs to look at this. If you want me to schedule a research, let me know.

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  36. Hi Han,

    Thank you for the site. Just want to really clarify: A manufacturer can self-certified with the CE marking as long as they have the technical file that shows the products are compliant?

    I am in the process of negotiating with a Taiwanese supplier of children’s electronic books in Chinese, all the books are CE marked although after some Googling, the ‘space’ between the C and E doesn’t look significant enough and almost looked like the CE marking for China Export…ie a fake CE marking. I compared it with the CE marking on Xbox controllers and such…I’ve also asked the supplier to provide documentations of their CE certifications but they said all of their items are CE marked but they have not applied for documentation as no one have ever asked them for copies.

    I found this all very sketchy but then I read on your site that you can self certified and if you self certified I guess you wouldn’t have any documentation? I can’t say I know much about the CE testing for toys but I know that is a toy is battery operated you have to make sure the battery insert part would need to be secured with a screw so children cannot open it easily. Other than that, I’m not quite sure…

    Anyway, I guess my question is: Can I still trust the CE marking without CE documentations?

    Thanks.

    Tiffany

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  37. Hi Han,
    I make crayons, organic beeswax crayons. Made in the US. Conform to ASTM D-4236, all ingredients REACH certified. Do I need the CE marking to export to the EU? Do you know which directive applies? I don’t know how they are classified. Thank you!!!

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  38. Hi Han,
    We are developing a thermoelectric generator powered by LPG. Unfortunately we have been advised that the device does not fall under any existing Standards and are now faced potentially with having to write our own Standard. Do you have any advice?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • 1. I am not sure about the advice you have been given. Is this not a generator that falls in the scope of European harmonised standards for generators?
      2. Even if there would not be standards, it is still a product that is covered by CE marking directives. Probably the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) or the Low Voltage Directive (2014/34/EU). The generator requires CE marking. If there really is no standard, still a risk analysis and assessment against the essential requirements of the applicable directives can be conducted. You may need to involve a Notified Body.

      Reply

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