As part of the ‘New Approach Directive’ initiative, the European Commission introduced the mandatory Conformité Européenne (CE) mark, which has to be applied to any product that is for sale within the European Economic Area (EEA) and that falls within the scope of a relevant Directive. The CE mark facilitates access to the entire European single market and enables the free flow of goods within this market.
CE marking is a self-certification scheme for (electrical) products. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure that a CE marked product does truly comply with all the necessary requirements. Importers, wholesalers and retailers also have a duty to ensure that this is the case. Non-compliance carries severe risks, including legal action, product recall and damage to brand reputation. Many large retailers therefore require that the products they sell are tested by an independent test house, such as Nemko Ltd.
As a European Notified Body, Nemko Ltd is authorised to provide independent test reports that demonstrate compliance with the relevant standards, which can be included in the required ‘Technical Documentation File’. Our reports demonstrate legal due diligence concerning the conformance of products with safety standards. In other words, in the event that there were any legal issues concerning the safety of products that we had tested, a body would be able to show that, by using us, they had done everything reasonably possible to ensure that the safety testing was undertaken correctly.