1. What is a Declaration of Conformity?
The Declaration of Conformity formally declares that a product complies with the relevant product. The manufacturer must draw up and sign the DoC. By doing so, the manufacturer takes full responsibility for the product’s compliance with applicable product safety legislation.
The DoC is the last step in the CE marking process and only applies to products that fall within the scope of CE marking. See what are the steps towards EU compliance? Below for more information about the CE marking process.
2. What kind of products require a Declaration of Conformity?
All products that are subject to CE marking require a Declaration of Conformity.CE marking is mandatory for certain product categories that are sold within the European Economic Area. These include, amongst others, electronics, toys, tire, sunglasses and mechanical fitness equipment.
All these products can only legally be placed on the market when they have been tested, have a complete technical file, and bear a CE mark to demonstrate compliance with the relevant directives and harmonized standards.
3. How do you get a Declaration of Conformity for a branded product?
When you sell a branded product from another company, you are seen as a distributor of the product within the European Union. A distributor can be any business, including a retailer or wholesaler, that acquires products for further distribution. They may have sourced these products from another distributor, an importer or directly from the manufacturer.
It is the responsibility of the distributor, before making a product available on the market, to verify that:
The product bears the required conformity markings, such as CE marking.
The relevant documents are included with the product e.g. the Declaration of Conformity, user instructions and safety information.
The product shows the name of the manufacturer or importer, their registered trade name or trademark, product type, batch or serial number, and the address at which they can be contacted.