■ What is an EU declaration of conformity?
Anyone wishing to place products on the market in the area of the European Union must submit an EC/EU declaration of conformity if their product falls under a corresponding directive (e.g. Machinery Directive). In this declaration, the manufacturer or his authorised representative established in the Community declares that the product placed on the market complies with all relevant health and safety requirements. The EU declaration of conformity is always preceded by a conformity assessment which inspects conformity with European directives.
■ Content of the EC declaration of conformity
The content of the EC declaration of conformity is specified in each individual EC directive according to the respective products. If several directives apply to a product, the manufacturer can usually combine all declarations of conformity in a single document.