Reliability in Certification

Quality Mark LABOR

Labor S.A. is the first non-governmental, third party, organization that provides Quality Mark Certification for electrical equipment (plugs and sockets), which is a prerequisite by the Ministry of Development, in order for the product to be placed in the market.

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Product we certify

  • Plugs and socket outlets for domestic use
  • Electrical installation's switches
  • Room heaters fired by solid fuel - Stoves
  • Traffic lights
  • Columns for road signs and traffic lights
  • Communications terminal equipment and radio equipment (opinion)

For information on certified products, please contact LABOR S.A.

CE marking

CE marking is a mandatory European marking for certain product categories. It indicates compliance with the essential health and safety requirements set out by the relevant EU Directives.

 

CE marking can be affixed to a product in case it falls within the range of application of at least one of the 22 New Approach Directives of the EU. Without the CE marking, and therefore non compliance with the provisions of the Directive which apply , the product cannot be placed in the EU market.
On the other hand, if the product meets the provisions of the Directive which apply , then no EU country can prohibit , restrict or impede the circulation in its territory. For this reason , the CE marking is considered as the commercial passport of the products.
CE is not a quality mark. First, it refers more to safety rather than in product quality. Secondly, most product quality labels are voluntary for producers as opposed to CE marking, which is mandatory for all products that the Directives apply. The CE indicates compliance with European safety requirements, and compliance is verified by using clear and distinct procedures called "conformity confirmation procedures".

Certification

Certification is the confirmation, by an independent third party body, that products, processes, systems or persons comply with the requirements of specific standards and other normative documents . CE marking is an indication that the products comply with the essential requirements of all applicable directives and that the products have undergone conformity assessment procedure provided in the applicable Directives.

What is CE;

The european single market (the 28 Member States of the EU and EFTA countries Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) provides immense benefits to consumers. We have all grown up accustomed to a wide variety of products. However, consumers naturally expect the products they buy to be healthy and safe.

In creating the European single market, the European Union (EU) has put in place specific health and safety legislation for certain categories of products sold in the market. This legislation goes beyond general safety requirements that all products must meet.

Under this legislation, manufacturers must declare that their products are safe. This declaration includes affixing the CE marking on the product. Importers have to verify that the manufacturer has undertaken the steps necessary to fulfil the declaration while distributors must act with due care and be able to identify and withdraw products that are unsafe

How does the system work ?

As mentioned above manufacturers have to ensure that their products comply with the relevant safety requirements. They do this, for example, by evaluating the possible risks and by testing samples of the product. Sequently, they affix the CE marking on the product. (from the web page of European Commission )

Why the CE marking has been adopted by the EU?

The process of CE marking has been created in order to:

1. Harmonize the various national regulations for consumer and industrial products in states - members
2. Achieve cost savings to manufacturers as they will have to care for fewer credentials for their products
3. Improve Product Safety
4. Provide to public bodies a single process that can be controlled