“It doesn’t really matter, nobody is enforcing it.” One of the clients WLP helped achieve certification to CE Mark their products was asked by a company without certification – we’ll call them “Bentco” – to supply them with a single product. This is perfectly legitimate and normal, and our client supplied the product together with Read More...on
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What is CE Marking? CE Marking demonstrates a product meets EU safety, health or environmental requirements and is an increasingly familiar sight as it applies to a wide range of products, from toys and household refrigerators and freezers, to pyrotechnics and machinery. The Deadline Since the deadline on the 1st July 2014, CE Marking Read More...on
“We’ve never been asked for it, so we’ll wait until we are!” Some business, although they know they should be CE Marking their products, are adopting the attitude that they will put off doing anything about it until somebody asks for it. The usual comment is “We’ve never been asked for it, so we’ll wait Read More...on
‘We’ve achieved certification, so we’re home and dry!’ After a successful CE Marking assessment most businesses heave a huge sigh of relief and congratulate themselves on overcoming this serious challenge. But whilst a ‘pat on the back’ and even some celebration is certainly well deserved, please don’t lose sight of the fact that in some respects the hard work has Read More...on
The Machinery Directive (Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008) Is it the neglected, older relation of CE marking? These Regulations have been around a lot longer than the legislation for CE marking under EN1090. This legislation applies to all new machinery placed on the UK market or put into service in the UK, wherever it Read More...on
“We can handle all of this in-house and if we don’t pass the assessment first time it’s easy re-book and try again” In theory, yes it is possible to tackle CE marking in-house, but for most small businesses this is simply not a practical proposition. Does anyone in the business have sufficient background / experience Read More...on
“We’re exempt because our products are all one-offs” Whilst it’s perfectly true that genuinely “one off” products don’t require CE Marking, there is a huge amount of confusion between what is legitimately a ‘one-off’ product and what is actually a ‘bespoke’ product, which will require CE marking. An example of this is where a manufacturer is producing Read More...on
“We’re already covered because we use CE Marked components” This is rather like believing that if someone builds a house using CE Markedbricks, the house must automatically be safe; obviously nothing could be further from the truth! Under the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) not only do the components need to be CE Marked, but so Read More...on
“We’ve heard things like this before and it’ll all go away just like the other ones did” Unlike many previous standards, for example ISO 9001, CE Marking is a legal requirement for designated products. After 1st July 2014, Trading Standards will have the power to stop a business from trading and withdraw any products until the company Read More...on
With the July deadline approaching fast, many manufacturers affected by the Construction Products Regulation are beginning to tackle mandatory CE Marking. Unfortunately, a great deal of confusion seems to have arisen, so to help here’s our simplified ‘take’ on the subject: What is CE Marking? CE Marking indicates a product’s compliance with EU legislation. By Read More...on