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If you want to market consumer, industrial or construction products within the European Economic Area (EEA), CE marking may be compulsory. CE marking indicates that the product meets the high safety, health and environmental requirements set by the EU. These products must be allowed on the European market, without any additional requirements.
Responsibility for adding CE marking
Manufacturers are responsible for adding the CE marking to products regardless of whether they are located inside or outside the EEA. When products are imported from outside the EEA, the importer is obliged to check whether the right CE marking has been used. If products are wrongfully labelled with CE marking, it is a punishable offence.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency has an overview of CE regulations per product group (in Dutch). The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has created a handy online CE marking tool that shows which standards are required for specific construction products. The Contact Point for Construction Products helps producers, importers, distributors and users find out which safetly standards construction products are required to meet (in Dutch). The European Commission provides manufacturers, importers, distributors and consumers with information on CE marking.