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Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Certification Body (CB) to
certify electrical/electronic devices.
LabTest has been audited to ISO
17025 and recognized by TUV America as a Partner Testing
Laboratory (PTL) to test
electrical & mechanical devices to various UL, CSA, IEC and EN
Products affixed with the
Certification Mark, have been found to be compliant with the
applicable standard(s) for the specific product type. These product
have undergone industry set safety and performance requirements.
Product found to be compliant with the national Canadian product
safety standards (ex. CSA) are identified with the "c" located at 8
LabTest certification marked.
Products found to be compliant with the national USA product safety
standards (ex. UL) are identified with the
"us" located at 5 o'clock on the LabTest certification mark
What is CE marking?
mark is a mandatory European marking for certain product groups to
indicate conformity with the essential health and safety
requirements set out in European Directives. The letters 'CE' are an
abbreviation of Conformit Europenne, French for European
conformity. The CE mark must be affixed to a product if it falls
under the scope of the approx. 20 so called 'New Approach'
Directives. Without the CE marking, and thus without complying with
the provisions of the Directives, the product may not be placed in
the market or put into service in the fifteen member states of the
European Union and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. However, if
the product meets the provisions of the applicable European
Directives, and the CE mark is affixed to a product, these countries
may not prohibit, restrict or impede the placing in the market or
putting into service of the product. Thus, CE marking can be
regarded as the products trade passport for Europe.
The CE mark is not a quality-mark. First, it refers to the safety
rather than to the quality of a product. Second, most quality
markings are voluntary opposite to the CE marking, which is
mandatory for the products it applies to. CE indicates conformity
with mandatory European safety requirements. European conformity is
certified by following clear and understandable procedures, the
so-called conformity assessment procedures.
Why CE marking?
The European CE certification procedure has been mainly set up to:
1.Harmonize all varying national regulations for consumer and
industrial products in European Member States, so that the Single
Market is encouraged;
2.Bring about cost savings for producers;
3.Enhance the safety of products;
4.Supply public bodies with a uniform procedure that can be
Formerly, product requirements and test procedures were set by the
Member States of the EU. This meant that, for example, companies
that wanted to sell their products on the European market sometimes
had to deal with more than ten different technical requirements or
procedures for just one product. The existence of all the different
national legislation was contrary to the aim of the European Union
in realizing one Single Market, in which there would be a free
circulation of goods (as well as a free circulation of persons,
services and capital).
All the different product requirements brought many costs for the
producers. With the help of the CE Directives or 'New Approach'
Directives, the measures have been optimized by setting up European
(European-wide) requirements, the harmonization of national
legislation and directives, standards and mutual recognition of the
technical standards, tests methods (compliance tests) and test
laboratories, so that producers no longer need to adapt their
products to the different markets.
During the process of harmonization the safety level of all products
was attuned and raised. In most European countries, safety and
health had already been the subject of directives for many years but
the safety level was not always satisfactory.
With the help of the conformity assessment procedures, the
authorities can ascertain that the products that are placed on the
market comply with the requirements as stated in the regulations of
the directives. The CE marking is consequently largely for the
benefit of the authorities. However, safe products are also
necessary for the end user in the work or consumer environment.
The steps of the CE marking and CE certification procedure
Before the CE marking may be affixed to a product, the essential
requirements of the applicable European Directive must be met.
Moreover, the conformity of the product must be proved by following
a testing and/or certification procedure. Besides some
administrative steps this can mean that a risk analyses must be
performed or that the compliance must be tested in a laboratory.
Products the CE marking applies to
The CE mark is applicable to: medical devices, machinery, industrial
installations, toys, electrical equipment, electronics, domestic
appliances, pressure equipment, personal protective equipment,
recreational craft, refrigerators, measuring equipment etc.
The CE marking does not apply to: cosmetics, chemicals,
Requirements with regard to the affixing of the CE marking logo
The CE marking must be affixed to the product, to its data plate or,
where this is not possible or not warranted due to the nature of the
product, to its packaging, if any, and to the accompanying documents
by the manufacturer, the authorized representative in the Community
or, in exceptional cases, by those responsible for placing the
product on the market. The CE marking must be affixed visibly,
legibly and indelibly. Where special provisions do not impose
specific dimensions, it must have a height of at least 5
CEMarking.Net: the CE marking and CE certification website
Please visit CEmarking (www.cemarking.net
) where you will be informed about:
- CE marking and certification procedure: What is CE marking? How
can the CE marking be obtained? Where can I have my product
- European 'New Approach' Directives applicable to your product
- How to meet the requirements of the European Directives and the
conformity assessment procedures
- Testing and certification
- European standards related to CE marking
And offer you the following CE marking services:
- CE Marking Help Desk
- Directive Wizard: Which European Directives apply to a certain
- On-line Quote Form: receiving a quotation for CE certification
was never this easy!
- On-line Inquiry Form
- Books and software: visit our Library for a special selection of
practical books and software about CE marking, European
Directives and European product regulations
- Document Delivery Service: order your Directives and standards
- Authorized representative
Please contact us If you have any any questions: