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Do 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 safety, health and environmental requirements set by the EU. These products must be allowed on the European market, without any additional requirements.
When do you need CE marking?
You may only add CE marking to a product if CE marking is required for the product group. In that case, the product also needs to meet the legal requirements. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) offers an overview of CE regulations per product group (in Dutch). You can also use their Dutch-language tool ‘Regelhulp CE-markering’ to check if CE marking is compulsory for your product.
You are not allowed to put CE marking on products that do not require it. If you do this, it is considered an unfair trading practice. This is a punishable offence.
Checklist for CE marking
The checklist for CE marking shows which steps you need to take to get CE marking for your products.
Responsibility for adding CE marking
Manufacturers are responsible for adding the CE marking to products. It makes no difference if they are located inside or outside the EEA. Are you an importer and do you import products from outside the EEA? Then you need to check whether the right CE marking has been used.