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EU Standards and CE Marking

Prior to exporting, U.S. manufacturers have to consider certification for the EU market. Certification is about conformity assessment (testing and certification) in order to declare compliance with EU regulatory requirements. For the majority of exported products, compliance is visibly testified by using the CE marking. Use of standards is part of the process.

Bearing in mind that testing and certification for the U.S. market are not sufficient for exporting to the EU, manufacturers will need to start from scratch in order to determine what it takes to comply with EU requirements. Since EU legislation harmonizes mandatory requirements for product safety throughout the European Union, a manufacturer only needs to go through the process once and can then export to all 28 EU member states. With appropriate certification, goods travel freely within the borders of the Single Market without being subject to internal border checks.

Please visit our European Union website on the matter for more information and contact.


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