Product certification from QNB – ensures that your products are in compliance with the regulations of the countries that you want to operate in.
Whether you design, manufacture or import industrial goods, you need to ensure that your products meet a wide range of stringent international and regional directives and regulations.
Our product certification services ensure that your products are in compliance with the countries that you want to operate in.
As the world’s leading testing, inspection, verification and certification company, we offer unrivalled experience and expertise in product certification. Plus, our unique global network has accreditations to all major standards and regional regulations. As a result, we offer you comprehensive product certification for a wide range of products, including cranes and lifting equipment, lifts and elevators, electrical installations and pressure equipment – all over the world.
Contact us today to find out more about our comprehensive range of product certification services.
CE-marking services from QNB – meet the compulsory product safety directives you need to trade in the EU with effective conformity assessment services.
If you want to trade in the EU, CE-marking is a mandatory conformity mark required for a wide variety of products. CE-marking indicates that your products comply with stringent EU product safety directives. However, achieving compliance can be a complex process. As a notified body for nearly all EU product safety directives, our CE-marking conformity assessment services provide you with the expertise you need to achieve compliance.
WHY USE CE-MARKING CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT SERVICES FROM QNB?
Whether you need assistance for the entire process or guidance for certain parts, we can help you:
Our CE-marking conformity assessment services include:
STAGES IN CERTIFICATION
In reality the CE certification process consists of the following stages:
Stage 1: Identify the applicable Directive(s)
The first step is to identify whether the product needs to bear CE marking or not. Not all products are required to bear CE marking, only the products that fall within the scope of at least one of the sectoral directives requiring CE marking. There are more than 20 sectoral product directives requiring CE marking covering, but not limited to, products such as electrical equipment, machines, medical devices, toys, pressure equipment, PPE, wireless devices and construction products.
Identifying which directive(s) may be applicable, as there may be more than one, involves a simple exercise of reading the scope of each directive to establish which apply to the product (An example of the scope of the Low Voltage Directive below). If the product does not fall within the scope of any of the sectoral directives, then the product does not need to bear CE marking (and, indeed, must not bear CE marking).
Stage 2: Identify the applicable requirements of the Directive(s)
Each Directive has slightly different methods of demonstrating conformity depending on the classification of the product and its intended use. Every Directive has a number of ‘essential requirements’ that the product has to meet before being placed on the market.
The best way to demonstrate that these essential requirements have been met is by meeting the requirements of an applicable ‘harmonised standard,’ which offer a presumption of conformity to the essential requirements, although the use of standards usually remains voluntary. Harmonised standards can be identified by searching the ‘Official Journal’ on the European Commission’s website, or by visiting the New Approach website established by the European Commission and EFTA with the European Standardisation Organisations.
Stage 3: Identify an appropriate route to conformity
Although the process is always a self-declaration process,there are various ‘attestation routes’ to conformity depending on the Directive and classification of the product. Some products (such as invasive medical devices, or fire alarm and extinguisher systems) may, to some extent, have a mandatory requirement for the involvement of an authorised third party or “notified body”.
There are various attestation routes which include:
Stage 4: Assessment of the product’s conformity
When all of the requirements have been established, the conformity of the product to the essential requirements of the Directive(s) needs to be assessed. This usually involves assessment and/or testing, and may include an evaluation of the conformity of the product to the harmonised standard(s) identified in step 2.
Stage 5: Compile the technical documentation
Technical documentation, usually referred to as the technical file, relating to the product or range of products needs to be compiled. This information should cover every aspect relating to conformity and is likely to include details of the design, development and manufacture of the product.
Technical documentation will usually include:
Stage 6: Make a declaration and affix the CE marking
When the manufacturer, importer or authorised representative is satisfied that their product conforms to the applicable Directives, an EU declaration of conformity must be completed or, for partly completed machinery under the Machinery Directive, an ECU declaration of incorporation.
The requirements for the declaration vary slightly, but will at least include:
Contact us today to find out how our CE-marking services can help you reach the EU market.