Creating a Declaration of Conformity
The Declaration of Conformity is the document officially certifying that your product fulfils the essential requirements in the applicable CE directives. Having that documents, you acknowledge your sole responsibility for the CE compliance of your product. This document represents your legal obligation.
You create and sign the Declaration of Conformity after you have compiled the technical file. You should do it after you’re ready to guarantee that your product meets the requirements of specified EU directives and relevant standards. To have you an idea of what exactly the Declaration of Conformity represents, look at the picture below.
In general, the Declaration of Conformity is long one page and includes the following information:
- Name and address of the manufacturer/importer issuing the declaration.
- Identification of the product (name, type number or model number, as well all relevant additional information, such as serial number).
- Reference to the exact, complete and clearly defined manner to the applicable directives, which declare the CE compliance.
- The harmonised standards/methods used to verify that the product complies with the requirements of the directives.
- These also must be thoroughly and precisely defined.
- The date of issue of the declaration, signature, and title of CEO or equivalent.
- A declaration that the manufacturer/representative party bears the sole responsibility that the product complies with relevant directives.
- Name, address and identification number of any Notified or third-party bodies involved in the assessment of conformity
- Name and address of the person or organization within the EU in possession of the technical documentation.
The Declaration of Conformity should be presented immediately to any EU authorities at the EU point of entry if requested.