CE stands for the French phrase "Conformité Européene" which literally means "European Conformity" (catching on yet?).
CE is a mandatory mark for certain product groups in order for them to be sold on the European market – specifically into the EU. The requirements are set out in European Directives (similar to
The CE mark itself is defined in Directive 93/68/EEC, "Rules for the Affixing and Use of the CE Conformity Marking" which takes in a host of other Directives, such as
- 73/23/EEC - Low Voltage (replaced by
- 89/336/EEC - Electromagnetic Compatibility EMC (replaced by
- 2006/42/EC - Machinery Directive (including safety)
- 89/686/EEC - Personal Protection Equipment; and many more.
So, focusing on Machinery, in order for a machine to be sold into the EU the machine must usually satisfy the EMC, Machinery Directive and Low Voltage directives.
Selling into Australia/New
A machine built in
Australian State regulations require that an Importer of machinery "must ensure that the hazard identification, risk assessment and control of risk measures have been carried out in relation to the design and manufacture of the plant before the plant leaves the control of the importer” (Victorian Occupational Health and Safety (Plant) Regulations 1995). The same applies to Suppliers.
The state regulations apply no matter whether there is a CE mark on the machine or not!
Applying a CE mark
There are essentially five steps to compliance in order to be able to affix the CE mark to your plant/machine etc. in order to sell into the European Union:
- Risk assessment
- Meet Essential Health & Safety Requirements as per the relevant directives
- Technical Construction File
- Declaration of Conformity
- CE Mark
Pilz Consulting offers Risk Assessment and CE Marking services. For more information please contact us to arrange an obligation free pre-assessment and quote.