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      Verifying CE Certification

      Does anyone know of a way to verify whether a CE Certificate is legitimate? Iíve seen a lot of suppliers claiming in their listings that their products are ďCE CertifiedĒósome even have scans of the Certificates and they look realóbut is there any way to check?
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      The actual CE certificate itself is not necessarily proof of anything, since it’s self-issued by the manufacturer. The CE certificate exists to prove that a certain product has undergone testing and has been found to conform to certain consumer safety, health, and environmental standards. Therefore, what you actually want to verify is that the products have indeed undergone these tests. For this, you will need to do some research specific to the products you are trying to verify.

      Your first step is to check what kind of “product directives” the product has to conform to. You can do this research on your own or you can download some product-specific directives here (for a fee). Each item will have to be tested against certain standards that apply to the product directive category they fall under. These tests are carried out and documented in detail by a testing lab. After these tests are carried out, a manufacturer is allowed to sign the “EC Declaration of Compliance,” which is the CE Certification. The CE Certification should list the product model and other such information, as well as the standards and directives the product has been tested against.

      While a company can issue a CE Certificate for its own products, it’s a worthless document without the lab reports to back it up. So, in short, you have to check the report number with the lab that has done the testing. Many labs allow you to do this automatically on the Internet; TUV.com has online search capabilities.
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      Odds are, many Chinese generic products will have fake CE Certificates. Sometimes they’re even sloppy about the design of the logo; here’s a page that shows what the actual CE mark should look like, and some common look-alikes.

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      So there’s no government site or online directory where you can just type in the CE number and check it?

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      So there’s no government site or online directory where you can just type in the CE number and check it?
      Not to my knowledge, no. You have to check with the manufacturer, if you trust them or with the testing lab directly.

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      A good way to get a feel for whether the manufacturer is faking their certificates is to just bring it up directly—if they get defensive, it’s probably a bad sign.

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      I emailed SATRA (a testing lab) a while back to ask about their CE certification process for protective motorcycle equipment. They explained to me the basics of the process for that type of product:

      EN 1621-2 is the standard used to certify (CE mark) motorcycle back
      Protectors for the EU market to ensure they satisfy minimum
      Legislative requirements.

      SATRA is an approved organization within Europe for this purpose.

      We have certified a number of these types of products - you will have
      To give me a name and product reference for me to be able to identify
      If we have certified an example of the product you have.

      The Certification for this type of product is for an initial type
      Examination. There is no on-going conformity assessment of any
      Subsequent production. The CE process merely proves the manufacturer
      Is capable of making the product - not that all his products have been
      Checked. So, his product and literature would be correct at the time
      Of certification.

      The average peak forces transmitted through the product under test
      Should be below 18KN (no single value over 24KN) for level 1 and below
      9KN (no single value over 12KN) for level 2 when tested in accordance
      With the standard
      .”

      So that’s another thing to keep in mind: it may be possible for you to find information about exact directives for certain products by emailing a testing lab.

      Also, notice that the Certification is for an “initial type examination”—this means that the CE Certificate proves that the manufacturer can comply with the regulations and directives for a certain product, but it does not guarantee that every single item has been checked.

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