CE marking: "Passport" to the European Market
The letters ‘CE’ appear on many products traded on the extended Single Market in the European Economic Area (EEA). They signify that products sold in the EEA have been assessed to meet high safety, health, and environmental protection requirements.
CE marking has been mandatory for all floor coverings for indoor use since 2007-01-01, as they fall under the so-called CPD, the ‘Construction Products Directive’ (89/106/EEC).
The letters "CE" are the abbreviation of French phrase "Conformité Européene" which literally means "European Conformity". The term initially used was "EC Mark" and it was officially replaced by "CE Marking" in 1993.
A construction product bearing the CE marking allows the manufacturer to sell these products in all EU countries without additional marks or certificates. Together with the Declaration of Performance this will also help customers and final users to check the performance of the product and compare it with other products under the same technical approach.
As the manufacturer the CE marking on a product means that we are assuring that the performance of the product you are buying is the same as what we are declaring and that it has been obtained using the right European technical specification.
The CE mark:
- indicates a product’s compliance with the "essential requirements" of the EU directives
- allows products to be “placed on the EU market”
- fosters “free movement of goods”
- serves as a basis for the “withdrawal of non-conforming products”
Carpets carrying the CE mark are allowed to be marketed in Europe. It is a declaration of compliance by the supplier - manufacturer or importer - with European legislation.
Source: www.europa.eu / CE Marking