European Union is currently a political and economic organization consisting of 28 member states with a total population of more than 500 million. One of the four basic freedoms granted by this union is the free movement of goods.

CE Marking signifies that the products meet all the requirements of the EU technical regulations and can be circulated among the member states of the EU without facing any technical barriers.

What is CE Certificate?

We see capital letters CE on many products in free movement in the European Economic Area. This marking, meaning Conformity with Europe, demonstrate that the products have been audited/assessed in terms of minimum safety, health and environmental requirements. You would see CE marking on a new telephone, food processor, TV set or crayons purchased in the European Community. CE marking also indicates fair competition among manufacturers as it enforces accountability and conformity with the same requirements.

A manufacturer who affixes CE marking to his products, declares that the products are in conformity with all necessary requirements (regulations and standards) and can be sold in the economic area. CE Certificate secures two great advantages for the business world and consumers. The business world acknowledges that products bearing CE marking can be sold in the European Economic Area without facing any barriers, and consumers feel assured that products they purchase meet all essential health, safety and environmental requirements.

It is the manufacturer's responsibility to carry out conformity assessment of products, to prepare technical files, to acquire CE marking where necessary, to draw up EU Declaration of Conformity, and to affix CE marking to the products.

All conformity assessment procedures (modules) including testing, inspection and/or CE certification must be completed before the product is placed on the market. Manufacturers should confirm the regulations covering their products, and if necessary, should apply to notified bodies designated to give conformity assessment services.

The EU Declaration of Conformity should contain the following information related to the product, manufacturer or representative, notified body where applicable, and harmonised standards:

  • Unique identification of product,
  • Name and address of manufacturer or authorised representative,
  • Statement of sole responsibility of the manufacturer of this declaration,
  • Identification of product allowing traceability, clear product photograph where appropriate,
  • Relevant European Community directive,
  • References to the relevant harmonised standards and/or specifications,
  • Where applicable, the name and ID number of the notified body, description of the module and CE certificate information,
  • Additional information, signature, name and function of designated signatory, and place and date of issue.


  • Machinery - 2006/42/EC
  • Medical Devices - 93/42/EEC
  • Lifts and Safety Components - 2014/33/EU
  • Construction Products - (EU) No 305/2011
  • Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels - 2009/142/EC
  • New Hot-Water Boilers - 92/42/EEC
  • Pressure Equipment - 2014/68/EU
  • Simple Pressure Vessels - 2009/105/EC
  • Noise Emission - 2000/14/EC
  • Electrical Equipment - 2014/35/EU
  • Electromagnetic Compatibility - 2014/30/EU
  • Personal Protective Equipment - 89/686/EEC
  • Transportable Pressure Equipment - 2010/35/EU
  • Ecodesign - 2009/125 EC
  • ATE? 137 - 99/92/EC

Frequently Asked Questions FAQs

CE is a label derived from the initials of the words; 'European Conformity'. The requirements of the mark of CE comes from the standing orders from a forum in France which was called 'Conformite European'. The initial letters in French created the letters of the mark. "CE" is easier to read and thus rising its popularity.

We need to remind you that the "CE label" usage is more accurate than the "CE Certificate". Because what really matters is the CE mark itself not the CE certificate. We need to mention that the documents that are called CE Certificate are named differently in the different standing orders. We can say that; the concept that is known as the CE certificate is actually "A legal document that gives a company the right to attach CE mark on its products."

If we need to give some examples of different names given for CE Certificate, one would be "EC Type Examination Certificate" in the machine security standing orders, "Certificate of Conformity of Factory Production Control" as in the construction products standing orders.

Due to validated institutions accreditation rules the predefinition of certification process cannot be made accurately. On the other hand, the process can vary from one to another depending on the features of the product, area of usage and the requirements extended in the regulations.

To shorten the process, the responsibility of the producers is to have a thorough knowledge of their product's requirements. In addition to this, applying the quality management systems shortens the certification process.

If you want to get a more accurate reply for this question, you can contact the expert staff of CA and get more detailed information about the product's certification process.

As mentioned above, CE Certificate can be identified as "A legal document that gives the right to attach CE mark."

The producer must obey the legal necessities when he wants to present his products in the European Union.

The application process of CE marking is not in voluntary basis, it is an obligation if it is in the scope of the regulations. If the product is not in the extent of any standing orders, it may not be possible to use the CE mark.

It states that the products meet the criteria of basic security, environment and health that are determined by European Union.

The products cannot be put on the European Union unless they have the CE label. For instance, a vehicle can't be at the traffic without any license, it is the same with the product sales.

If the products are supplied to the market without CE mark and detected by the authorities, the relevant ministry would apply administrative sanctions like reclaiming of the products or suspension of the de factory production.

It is deceptive that the obligatory on CE label during the product deliveries in the customs procedure is just for the countries that are in the European Union. Because the ministries within our country observe the industry and can detect the products that are in the CE label extent.

That is why the suppliers need to get the certificates before they supply their products to the market to avoid these kind of situations.

We have mentioned that a CE label is valid in all the countries that are member of European Union.

We also need to mention that the credibility and awareness of the CE label rises globally as it stands for trust. Even though there is no legal statute it is approved by lots of countries in Asia, Middle East and Far East.

Even different certificates are needed at the countries outside the Europe Economic Area due to their legal statutes, the customers could prefer the products with a CE mark while choosing a supplier.

You need to get your CE certificate from a certification body with an "Notified Body". Approximately 1000 approved institutions in the European Union borders perform CE label certification process.

If the responsibility of certification is given to a notified body of CE mark term in the regulations, certificates which are taken from other institutions without "Notified Body" status would be invalid.

Our sectoral experience coming from our customers, shows us that this kind of situations are what our producers most suffer from. However, the documents that are taken from the non-approved institutions will not cause any legal actions, they would be invalid. In this sense, since it is the producer's responsibility, you need to be sure that the institution which will publish the document has proper authorizations.

A Notified Body has a 4-digit identity number which is different from an ordinary licensing institution. You can check out the data base of the European Union's official media organ called 'NANDO' to see whether an institution has an authority in the given regulations.

It is indicated in the Official Journal numbered 28213, the regulations about the attachment of CE brand to the product in the CE Mark Regulations. Moreover, in the directive which the product is extended, the details are mentioned about how CE marking should be done.

As an example, you need to refer to the regulations for the issues on using an Notified Body's identity number with CE mark. Yet, a definition like this wouldn't be wrong. CE brand should be;

  • Attached on the product
  • Attached on the label of the product
  • Attached on the product's package and box

If those are not possible then it can be used with some official documents as product's dispatch note or bill...etc.

You only need to apply for CE mark if your product will be sold in European Union. At the same time the products need to be liable to the scope of one of the 32 regulations.

In general, we can say that every product which can cause risk for human health and environment, needs a CE mark. What is more, the regulations that we mentioned before should be examined in detail.

If you want to learn whether your product is in the extent of any standing order or not, you can reach us via all platforms.

Although it is impossible to make a summary of all the regulations, here is the list of our certification services provided by CA Registrars:

  • 93/42/EEC Medical devices
  • 92/42/EEC Hot-water boilers
  • 2000/14/EC Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors
  • Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 - Construction products
  • 2006/42/EC Machinery
  • 2014/33/EU Lifts and safety components for lifts
  • 2014/29/EU Simple pressure vessels
  • 2014/68/EU Pressure equipment
  • 2010/35/EU Transportable pressure equipment
  • 2014/34/EU Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
  • 2008/57/EC Interoperability of the rail system within the Community (Recast)
  • Regulation (EU) 2016/425 Personal protective equipment
  • 2009/48/EC Safety of toys

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