Product Compliance

Navigating CE Mark Compliance for Amazon Sellers

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May 7, 2024
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Navigating CE Mark Compliance for Amazon Sellers

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If you’ve been selling on Amazon for a while, you’ll know that the platform is a stickler for regulation, sometimes to a higher standard than the government itself. Indeed Amazon’s European marketplaces come with a set of compliance challenges, particularly around the need for CE marking. This mark is a mandatory conformity symbol for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) that fall under specific directives. Let's delve into the essentials of CE marking, including what it means, which products require it, and how Amazon enforces these standards.

Understanding CE Marking

CE marking is a declaration by the manufacturer that their product complies with the essential health and safety requirements set out in European product directives. To get started with registering your CE marking, you’ll need to go to the UK’s government website. This is crucial for products like consumer electronics, toys, helmets, sunglasses, and various machines which could pose risks if standards are not met.

Key points about CE marking include:

Mandatory in the EU: All products that require CE marking must be compliant to be sold on any of Amazon's European marketplaces, such as Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and Amazon.it.

Product Scope: Only products falling under the CE marking directives need to bear this mark. Examples include but are not limited to:

Consumer electronics

Toys

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Medical Devices

Amazon's Requirements for CE Marking

Amazon requires that any product sold on its platforms that falls within the scope of CE marking directives must display the CE mark. Here's what sellers need to know about Amazon's specific requirements:

While all EU marketplaces require CE marking, Amazon.co.uk currently also requires it and the UK government have decided to extend it indefinitely following Brexit. 

Documentation: To be awarded a CE mark, sellers must be able to provide:

Lab test reports

Declaration of Conformity

Technical file

User manual

Amazon's compliance checks involve verifying these documents to ensure that the product indeed meets EU standards.

Dealing with the Declaration of Conformity

The Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is a critical document in the CE marking process. It is a declaration by the manufacturer that the product meets all relevant legal requirements.

Here’s how Amazon handles the DoC:

When it's needed: For all CE marked products, and especially for regulated products like toys, electronics, and PPE.

Amazon’s pre-approval: Certain products require a DoC before they can be listed on Amazon. Sellers must upload this document through Seller Central during the pre-approval request.

Responsibility: Sellers are fully responsible for the accuracy and compliance of their DoC. Amazon will remove listings that do not meet these standards.

Final Thoughts

Complying with CE marking is essential for Amazon sellers operating in the European market. It not only ensures product safety and regulatory compliance but also builds customer trust. Sellers should stay informed about the applicable directives and ensure all required documentation is accurate and readily available.

Understanding and navigating the complexities of CE marks is key to successful and compliant selling on Amazon’s European platforms. By ensuring your products are properly certified, you maintain high safety standards and protect your business from potential legal and operational risks.

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