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Importance of CE marking and product certificates..
In today’s society, the electronic products market is undoubtedly one of the most demanding in terms of regulations, this is due to the fact that every time we use and have more products of this type around us. To ensure the quality, safety and reliability of these products, those marketed in the European Union must meet certain quality standards set by the European Union..
One of the most important is the CE Marking that we can see in all kinds of articles. The CE Marking is mandatory within the European Union and, together with other specific standards for each area such as Equipment Certification, provides a system that guarantees that the device we acquired complies with the technical safety criteria for both people and compatibility with the other devices.
Certification of equipment on its part is voluntary and may become mandatory in certain conditions and territories of the European Union. In addition, the certification of a product is highly demanded by customers in sectors such as security and intrusion alarms.
CE Mark and Equipment Certification are, therefore, tools for the manufacturer that provides the user with confidence in their products and that in turn report prestige and a competitive difference to the brand.
Difference between CE marking and Certificates
CE Marking is the passport of the product, which means that it can be sold throughout the European Union. With this marking, the manufacturer declares that its product meets the legal requirements established within the Union and in the member countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
With this marking the manufacturer declares that its product meets the legal requirements established within the Union. The European Union publishes in its Official Gazette the norms that using them in the conformity assessment of the product provide presumption of conformity, are known as harmonized standards. Each European directive establishes the activities to determine the conformity assessment, and in some cases it is necessary that these activities are carried out by a third party. This impartial third party is a Notified Body and has the capacity to certify that the equipment complies with the requirements of the CE Marking.
On the other hand, and for certain sectors such as the security sector, in addition to the requirements and limitations imposed by the CE Marking, the European Union imposes additional operating conditions. This occurs in specific sectors where functionality is very important and it is not enough to ensure that the equipment does not interfere with others and is safe (as the CE Marking ensures) but also that it needs to be sure that it works well under specific conditions .
An example would be an alarm system installed in a residential area that is required not to generate false alarms to the police. In this case, the European Union uses the Spanish standards (UNE) where they specify what each team has to accomplish based on its functionality and technology.
For the areas of CE Marking and voluntary equipment certification, different terminologies are used.
A Notified Body is a conformity assessment entity that has been notified by a Member State to the European Commission to carry out activities to assess the conformity of a given directive. An agency is evaluated by the competent state authority in the directive in which it is notified. This state authority changes according to the specific directive and sets its own requirements to notify the agency. Specifically for CE marking, the Notified Body is the one who can act as a third party to ensure that the equipment meets the requirements of this marking.
An Organism can only be accredited to evaluate the products, services or parameters by the national entity of Accreditation that in the case of Spain is ENAC. This accreditation is made for each rule individually.
The tests to ensure that the equipment complies with the EN standards must be done in an Accredited Laboratory that issues reports with the results, satisfactory or not, of the tests carried out in accordance with the criteria set by said standards. Once in possession of these reports, it is the Certifying Entity that reviews that said product has passed all the corresponding tests and meets the requirements to be certified.
A certifying entity is an organization that is accredited in each regulation and acts as a third party in the evaluation of a product in that standard and issues an opinion on it. In addition to reports of tests issued by an Accredited Laboratory and depending on the certification scheme, it may require periodic factory audits to verify that it continues to be produced in the same way as the product that has passed the tests included in the standards. The Certifying Entity is the one that issues the corresponding certification that allows the manufacturer to sell his product and assures the user that he can use it with the total security that he correctly fulfills the functionality he is looking for.
Alter Technology as a service provider for intrusion and robbery equipment, fire alarms, access control.
In Spain, the Notified Bodies must also be accredited by ENAC, the National Accreditation Entity. Alter Technology, part of the TÜV NORD group, is a Notified Body for the CE Marking of a wide range of electronic products. Alter Technology is also accredited by ENAC and has a long experience both as a Laboratory and Certification Body, to certify products for the standards for intrusion and robbery systems (IHAS), fire alarms and access control among others. In addition, it has an Accredited Laboratory with facilities to perform the necessary tests to certify these standards and directives.
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