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Fundamentals of the CE marking (Part 2)

Posted: 06 May 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CE marking? manufacturer? importer? EMC? RoHS?

Read Part 1 of this series here.

Brand reputation
On an increasingly technologically level playing field, it is brand reputation that sets one manufacturer apart from another. A significant part of reputation comes from a positive user experience, created through safe and reliable products that satisfy the intended use, meet consumer expectation and don't harm anyone.

For those manufacturers wary of the pitfalls of CE marking self-declaration, and looking to ensure that their products are deemed safe, the IECEE CB Scheme offers something beyond wider access to international markets. In fact, the CB scheme is gaining in popularity because it is more regulated and is controlled by a respected organisation, the IECEE (IEC System for Conformity testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components).

The CB Scheme is the world's first international system for the mutual acceptance of test reports and certificates for electrical and electronic components, equipment and products. It offers a single test that gives manufacturers access to international markets for their electronic products, covering both electrical safety and EMC. It encompasses 22 product categories that include electronics/entertainment, household equipment, toys, portable tools and electrical medical equipment, with the majority of certificates issued covering IT/office equipment, domestic white goods and domestic audio/video products.

Figure: The CE marking process.

Due diligence
Any declaration of conformity needs to be backed up by a technical file, which is the evidence that a product has been tested correctly, demonstrates compliance, and justifies the CE marking on a product.

If a product is deemed to be non-compliant, Due Diligence Defence is the reason you need to have excellent technical documentation as it allows you to prove that that you took all reasonable steps to avoid committing the offense.

Due Diligence is knowing what is required, demonstrating compliance with relevant applicable Directives and declaring that you have met the relevant requirements. You must also be fully prepared to produce a comprehensive technical file. Your technical file is your documented evidence to show that the product properly complies with the requirements of the Directives which apply to it.

What is a technical file?
Your technical file is your documented evidence to show that the product properly complies with the requirements of the Directives which apply to it, and authorities are entitled to demand that it is is provided in any official EU language.

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