Marking and Voluntary Certificates

Certification is the process in which an independent third party declares a given product or service compliant to specific requirements.

CE Marking

The European Union imposes directives for minimum requirements for product safety and likewise for user and environment protection. Products falling into these directives can be placed on the market in the the European Union, only if they comply with the mentioned-above requirements and if they are provided with CE marking.

The CE marking allows access to products in the European market, but it is not intended as an approval or a mark of quality, and rarely requires to be certified by a third party. The CE marking most often is a self declaration made by the manufacturer who declares the compliance with the applicable directives that allow the free exchange of goods in the EU market.

Some directives and regulations, such as 2000/14/EC - Noise emission or EU 2016/426 - Burning of gaseous fuels, request the issuing of a specific certification from an European Notified body (1) to prove conformity to the requirements set by aforementioned. In the case that such a certificate is not required, the manufacturer has the possibility to voluntarily request a certification for its product by a third party.

EC type and voluntary certificates

Certification is the process in which an independent third party declares a given product or service compliant to specific requirements.

CE Marking

In Europa esistono delle direttive comunitarie che impongono dei requisiti minimi di sicurezza dei lavoratori, dei consumatori e per la tutela dell’ambiente. I prodotti possono essere commercializzati all’interno dell’Unione Europea se rispettano tali direttive e sono dotati di marcatura CE, apposta in seguito al rispetto dei requisiti sopra menzionati.

La marcatura CE consente l’accesso dei prodotti al mercato europeo, ma non è un’approvazione, né una certificazione o un marchio di qualità. La marcatura CE è un’autodichiarazione del produttore che attesta il rispetto dei requisiti delle direttive: permette ai prodotti l’immissione sul mercato europeo, consente il libero movimento dei beni e anche il ritiro dal mercato dei prodotti non conformi.

Alcune direttive e regolamenti, ad esempio 2000/14/CE – emissione acustica o (UE) 2016/426 – prodotti a gas, impongono il rilascio di un certificato UE di tipo da parte di un organismo notificato (1) europeo per dimostrare la conformità ai requisiti delle suddette direttive. Nel caso in cui non dovesse sussistere tale obbligo, esiste comunque la possibilità da parte del fabbricante di richiedere a titolo volontario una certificazione del suo prodotto ad un ente terzo.

Notified Bodyè un ente di certificazione (istituto tecnico o laboratorio di prova) che viene riconosciuto dalle autorità competenti di uno Stato membro UE e notificato alla Commissione Europea.

Certificati CE e Voluntari

The voluntary certification implies an additional marking to the mandatory one (CE marking). Below it is shown the characteristics that a voluntary marking could have.

The H mark is a verified safety marking, it is voluntarily certificated. It applies to final products and shows their conformity to specific Helianteck requirements dealing with product safety. By obtaining this certification it is proved the observance of the minimum requirements for electrical or mechanical products, or other requirements defined with the certification body, such as the absence of dangerous chemical substances, the ergonomics, the noise limit levels and furthermore could include the evaluation of the manufacturing flow production.

The H mark accompanies the product to emphasize that a third party has certified it and its production is monitored yearly. Products with this mark have been put through rigorous tests and evaluations. Therefore, the presence of the H certification, widespread and renowned by companies, retailers and consumers, guarantees a clear advantage on the market to comparable products, lacking the mark.

The voluntary certification implies an additional marking to the mandatory one (CE marking). Below it is shown the characteristics that a voluntary marking could have.

Il marchio H è un marchio di sicurezza verificata certificato volontariamente.
Esso viene applicato ai prodotti finiti e indica la loro conformità a specifici requisiti Helianteck sulla sicurezza dei prodotti.
Chi ottiene la certificazione H dimostra di rispettare i requisiti di sicurezza di base dei prodotti elettrici o meccanici, l’assenza di sostanze chimiche pericolose, l’ergonomia, il rumore ed include anche la valutazione della produzione in fabbrica.

Il marchio H è volontario, accompagna il prodotto per evidenziare che un ente di terza parte lo ha verificato e che annualmente monitora la produzione.
I prodotti con il marchio H sono stati sottoposti a rigorosi test e valutazioni. Dunque, la presenza della certificazione H sui prodotti, ampiamente diffusa e riconosciuta dalle aziende, dai rivenditori e dai consumatori, garantisce un vantaggio certo sul mercato rispetto ai prodotti comparabili, ma senza il marchio.

Notified Body - Certification Body (technical institute or a test laboratory) which is recognised by competent authorities of a EU member state and notified by the European Commission.

Validation of voluntary certification bodies

The choice of a certification body should fall on an accredited body (2), that is an entity that undergoes examinations and inspections in regard to the fairness and reliability of the evaluation process, following the release of the voluntary certification. The validation term, indicates the formal recognition of the expertise of the certification body on conducting its voluntary certification activity on products. In Italy, the validation of these certification bodies is entrusted to ACCREDIA, which in turn, through mutual evaluation and recognition, ensures the validity of its certification in an international setting.

It is reiterated that the release of a voluntary certification is not in any circumstance tied to EU Certification released by a notified body.

Validation of voluntary certification bodies

The choice of a certification body should fall on an accredited body (2), that is an entity that undergoes examinations and inspections in regard to the fairness and reliability of the evaluation process, following the release of the voluntary certification. The validation term, indicates the formal recognition of the expertise of the certification body on conducting its voluntary certification activity on products. In Italy, the validation of these certification bodies is entrusted to ACCREDIA, which in turn, through mutual evaluation and recognition, ensures the validity of its certification in an international setting.

It is reiterated that the release of a voluntary certification is not in any circumstance tied to EU Certification released by a notified body.

Accredited Body - Certification Body of which is recognised competency and impartiality of its inspection and validation.

Accredited Body - Certification Body of which is recognised competency and impartiality of its inspection and validation.

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