The CE Marking is mandatory for the offerings to be placed in European Union market. CE ( Conformite Europene / European Conformity) directive comply essential with health, safety and environment requirements and is independent of product quality requirements.
The New Approach Directives will provide a range of compliance routes for your product and show you, usually in a modular format, the available routes to compliance. The essential requirements of the New Approach Directives differ from directive to directive and product to product.
CE marking itself is not about quality, nor is it intended to convey any meaning to specifiers, purchasers or end users who are, after all, reasonably entitled to assume that what they buy from a reputable source is legal.
CE marking and European Directives
The letters CE on a product are intended for regulatory surveillance authorities. They represent the manufacturer's claim that the requirements of all relevant European Directives have been satisfied. Many products are covered by these Directives and for some, such as toys, it is a legal requirement to mark the product accordingly.
CE marking on a product, its packaging or accompanying information indicates that the minimum levels of quality and health & safety have been met. CE marking provides for the product to move freely throughout the European Single Market.
CE marking may simply involve testing carried out by the manufacturer or it may involve intervention of an independent third party, depending on the product and the Directive concerned. Purchasers may need to check the CE marking accompanying information to ascertain that the product is appropriate for their needs.