EU declaration of conformity
Each CE marked product must have an EU declaration of conformity. By creating the EU declaration of conformity, the manufacturer certifies that the product meets the requirements of the relevant EU directives.
A product's EU declaration of conformity must be provided to the market surveillance authority on request.
The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a product sold in the EU is safe and meets the requirements of the relevant directives. The manufacturer draws up the product's EU declaration of conformity and affixes a CE mark to the product. When production ends, the manufacturer is required to ensure that the product's EU declaration of conformity remains available to market surveillance authorities in the EU. This applies for ten years after the product was placed on the market.
If neither the manufacturer nor its representative is located in the EU, the importer to the EU is responsible for ensuring that the product has an EU declaration of conformity in the EU. In this situation, it is also the importer's responsibility to ensure that the EU declaration of conformity remains available for ten years after the product was placed on the market.
Distributors must have detailed knowledge of product safety legislation, for example which products must be CE marked, how products must be marked and what information the manuals must contain.