Due to the CE marking, uniform safety regulations apply to a wide range of products in Europe.
In most cases, the manufacturer affixes the CE mark by himself. An external certification body only needs to be involved in exceptional cases.
By the CE-marking in combination with the declaration of conformity, the manufacturer confirms that all CE regulations applicable to the product have been met.
The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is particularly relevant for manufacturers of machines and systems.
In addition to other directives, manufacturers of electrical devices must deal in particular with the low-voltage directive 2014/35/EU.
What do machine and system manufacturers have to do in order to build safe and legally compliant machines? The different activities in the so-called conformity assessment procedure are:
Attention: The machinery directive also applies to companies that manufacture machines for their own production ("self-made")!
Before the CE marking should be affixed to an electrical device as defined in the Low Voltage Directive, the conformity assessment procedure must have been carried out. This process can be divided into 6 steps:
The list of all harmonized standards published in the Official Journal of the EU gives you an overview of which other products are covered by the Low Voltage Directive.
Information on the current list as well as a download can be found on our technical articles and news page in the "EU Official Journal" section.
With the declaration of conformity, the manufacturer declares that his products (e.g. machines, systems, electrical devices, ...) comply with the relevant legal provisions - i.e. comply with the Machinery Directive or the Low Voltage Directive. Following questions should be asked regarding the declaration of conformity:
CE software for systematic and professional safety engineering
Practical seminars on aspects of risk assessment and ce-marking
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