Future of the CE marking: from marking significance to market confidence

Published: 23 March 2006

Policies & Issues: Internal Market - Compliance, Standards & Enforcement

Orgalime calls on the EU institutions to keep the CE marking as a symbol of declaration of conformity to the New Approach legislation concluding a process of risk assessment and internal production controls. Orgalime supports a knowledgeable and enforced use of the CE marking by all market operators including importers into the EU. We believe the European Union and Member States should set up an appropriate legislative and administrative framework with corresponding means of enforcement in this respect. Awareness on the meaning and significance of the CE marking must also be improved and shared by all market operators including importers and retailers, in particular by launching information campaigns at both national and European level.

Market surveillance should also be improved in order to fight free riders who do not respect the significance of the CE marking when placing non-compliant products on the EU market. This would be the best way to reinforce the confidence in the whole New Approach system and decrease the number of non-compliant products to an acceptable level for society thereby strengthening users’ confidence in the internal market, while at the same time enhancing the competitiveness of EU manufacturers.

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