How to identify a correct CE-mark

Avanti Europe explains correct CE marking

CE-mark, the European sign of conformity, is something that is adulterated sometimes. But how to identify a correct CE mark?

Read the unique identification specifics of a CE mark for medical devices herein.

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Let’s start with the basics first. CE stands for Conformité Européenne and marks on products, that these have been design and manufactured according the European directives and/or regulations.

MEdical devices

There are many directives and regulations in Europe for goods which demand a conformity assessment and thus, must be marked with a CE. These legislation can be found in the NANDO database along with certifying bodies.

With this, the CE for a medical device cannot be easily distinguished per se from a CE of a toy, other than from its aspect and intended use.

For higher risk medical devices, i.e. other than Class I medical devices, a Notified Body is needed to assess the conformity of the product against the MDR 2017/745 or IVDR 2017/746. Doing so, the manufacturer of the medical device has to state next to the CE-mark the identification number of the Notified Body, which is a 4-digit number.

Non-medical devices

As we already discussed, non-medical devices cannot be distinguished per se from other CE-marked goods, unless there is a Notified Body number associated with the mark.

But there is more to get confused, if we take a glimpse on the global market.

China Export

Avanti Europe explains differences in CE marking and China Export

Unfortunately, China uses a “CE”-mark as well to stamp and label products subject to export. As with the mostly used “Made in…”-statement, China uses the “China Export” to mark its products.

China Export products are labeled with a “CE”, which has some distinct differences to a Conformité Européenne.

First, the distance between the C and the E is shorter than in the EU CE, bringing the China Export C and E closer to each other. In fact, the C ends on the line on which the E starts.

mistakes in CE-marking

There are some mistakes often seen in affixing the CE-mark, i.e. in the dimensions and geometry of the CE-mark. The most common mistakes are:

  • confusion with China Export mark
  • Middle-bar of the E too long
Avanti Europe explains correct CE marking

How to CE-mark correctly

To correctly and compliantly mark the medical devices in Europe with the CE-mark, the following needs to be assured:

  • at least 5mm of height of the CE-mark
  • the CE-mark dimensions can be zoomed, as given in MDR 2017/745 Annex V
  • the C and E have a distance, which is the imaginary circle of the C
  • the E has a shortened middle bar by 1/3 (inner radius)

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