When you design a product, it will more than likely have to meet specific safety regulations. This should be considered at an early stage in the design as last minute design changes to meet product legislation can be very costly and may even delay the product launch.
Many products have to be CE compliant if they are to be sold in the EU, Norway Iceland or Liechtenstein. Where CE marking is not applicable then the equipment will have to comply with the General Product Safety Directive.
Products requiring CE marking include the following:
- Machinery not powered by manual effort
- Electrical, electronic and communications equipment
- Medical devices
- Equipment for use in explosive atmospheres
- Pressure equipment and vessels
- Construction products
- Personal protective equipment
- Gas appliances
- Lifting equipment
How do I ensure that my product complies with this legislation?
This depends on the type of product. Many products allow the manufacturer to self certify. This can be achieved by compiling a Technical Construction File, which should include an assessment report against harmonised European standards applicable to your product. Other products may require examination by a third-party called a Notified Body.
If you are unsure about which legislation applies to your product, please contact us and we can advise you on the EU Directives and standards that apply. Fountain Safety Solutions Ltd. are specialists in product safety. We can assist you with either self-certification which includes compilation of a Technical Construction File or by working on your behalf with the notified body to achieve product certification.