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Created on 31.10.2019

Foreign trade: how to get CE marking right

A CE marking is a small but essential label that is mandatory for products destined for the European market. This is a requirement that Swiss companies need to be aware of.

If Swiss companies wish to export their products to the European single market, they must label them with a CE marking. This product label is a type of technical passport that serves as certification that a product meets the basic health and safety requirements under EU law. It also certifies that all the necessary conformity assessment procedures have been carried out. The letters “CE” stand for “Conformité Européenne”, or “European Conformity”.

A ticket to the European single market

For Swiss manufacturers, meeting all the relevant guidelines and affixing the CE label to their products is an advantageous prospect, as this is their ticket to the European single market. The uniform conformity label ensures that products in the various EU/EEA countries do not have to be inspected individually. This is a key benefit for manufacturers in Switzerland.

Find answers to your CE-related questions here

In our guide “CE marking – the technical passport to the European single market”, you will find answers to the following questions:

  • When is CE marking required in Switzerland?
  • What exactly is CE marking?
  • What does the concept of CE marking look like?
  • When are the guidelines mandatory?
  • What do we need to know about placing products on the market?
  • Why is technical documentation important?
  • How is the conformity assessment procedure carried out?
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