Understanding the CE Mark

December 13, 2021

Many products manufactured in the Midwest require Conformitè Europëenne (CE) marking before they can be sold in the European Union (EU). CE marking indicates that a product has been assessed by the manufacturer and deemed to meet EU safety, health, and environmental protection requirements. Mid-West Instrument can help your business understand the mark and how to obtain it.

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What Does the CE Mark Stand For?

Established in 1985, the CE mark represents a manufacturer’s declaration that its products comply with the EU’s directives regarding products that are manufactured in or designed to be sold on the European market. When affixed to a product, the CE mark confirms that the product can be sold on the European market. Specifically, that the product:

  • Fulfills the requirements of relevant European product directives
  • Meets all the requirements of the relevant recognized European harmonized performance and safety standards
  • Is fit for its purpose and will not endanger lives or property

The presence of CE marking further indicates that appropriate technical documentation supporting the use of the mark is available and can be provided by the manufacturer, importer, or person responsible for placing the product on the EU market.

The CE Certification Process

The product’s manufacturer bears the responsibility for declaring the product’s conformity with all EU requirements. Before affixing the CE mark to the product, the manufacturer must:

  • Ensure conformity with all relevant EU-wide requirements
  • Determine whether the product can be assessed internally or if a notified body should be involved. If a notified body’s involvement is necessary, the CE marking must be accompanied by the identification number of the notified body. The CE mark and the identification number can be affixed separately to the product, as long as they appear linked to each other.
  • Create a technical dossier that documents the product’s conformity
  • Draft and sign an EU declaration of conformity

Once the product bears the CE marking, all information and supporting documentation concerning CE marking must be provided to the EU if requested.

CE-Listed Products from Mid-West Instrument

Low Voltage Directive

Switch models produced by Mid-West Instrument and marked to the Low Voltage Directive for CE marking include 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 126, 130, 141, 142, 146, and 522.

ATEX Directive

The Model 220 and 240 product families from Mid-West Instrument are available with CE marking in compliance with the ATEX directive as defined by Directive 2014/34/EU. These products are rated Ex d IIB + H2 with an IP65 environmental rating.

Pressure Equipment Directive

The products manufactured by Mid-West Instrument have very small internal volumes. These volumes result in Mid-West Instrument products falling below category I for non-hazardous gases, hazardous liquids, and non-hazardous liquids. These products also fall below category I for hazardous gases at or below pressures of 200 bar. Per article 3, paragraph 3 these products shall not bear the CE marking and shall be designed and manufactured with “sound engineering practice”.

Get CE-Listed Products Today

If you have questions about CE marking for products in the Midwest, or you’d like to know more about the CE-listed products manufactured by Mid-West Instrument, contact us today. From differential pressure solutions to backflow test kits, our products cover a variety of applications including HVAC systems, irrigation filtration, and reverse flow detection.