Frequently Asked Questions
We have included an FAQ’s page specifically to provide the answers to some of most common product certification and safety standards questions. If you don’t see the answer to your question listed below, please feel free to contact us.
They are different from directives, which are addressed to national authorities, who must then take action to make them part of national law, and decisions, which apply in specific cases only, involving particular authorities or individuals.
Regulations are passed either jointly by the EU Council and European Parliament, and by the Commission alone.
Each directive specifies the date by which the national laws must be adapted – giving national authorities the room for manoeuvre within the deadlines necessary to take account of differing national situations.
Directives are used to bring different national laws into line with each other, and are particularly common in matters affecting the operation of the single market (e.g. product safety standards).
There are currently around 120 NBs throughout Europe and these are all subject to routine surveillance at regular intervals. It is possible to identify which Notified Body has certified the product because their name, address and unique number has to be displayed on the accompanying user information. A network of representatives from the Notified Bodies meet on a regular basis to ensure that the standards and legislation are being applied uniformly across Europe. The groups are usually referred to as Vertical or Sector and Horizontal Groups.
The CE marking symbolises the conformity of the product with the applicable Community requirements imposed on the manufacturer.
The CE marking affixed to products is a declaration by the person responsible that the product conforms to all applicable Community provisions and that the appropriate conformity assessment procedures have been completed.
Ensuring compliance of CE-marked products
A key consideration for all types of personal protective equipment (PPE) is to ensure that the product has been appropriately CE marked as this is a mandatory requirement for PPE products entering the European market. This not only covers evaluation of initial examples, but also bulk production.