When the manufacturer of electrical equipment has drawn up the technical documentation required by the directives and shown that the equipment meets all the essential requirements of the applicable directives following the conformity assessment procedure, the manufacturer shall ensure that an EU Declaration of Conformity is drawn up and signed. The EU Declaration of Conformity shall be drawn up for equipment to be placed on the EU market, whereafter the manufacturer can affix the CE marking to the equipment.
The EU Declaration of Conformity must be translated into the language(s) required by the Member State on the market of which the electrical equipment is placed or made available. In Finland, the EU Declaration of Conformity must be in Finnish, Swedish, or another language approved by the market surveillance authority.
The EU Declaration of Conformity must include at least the following information:
- product model
- The name and address of the manufacturer
- If necessary, the name and address of the authorised representative established within the EU
- A clause stating that the EU Declaration of Conformity has been prepared under the sole responsibility of the manufacturer
- Description and identifying information of the electrical equipment (a photograph may be attached)
- Reference to all applied directives
- Reference to the relevant harmonised standards applied or to specifications based on which the EU Declaration of Conformity has been prepared
- If necessary, the name and number of the Notified Body and the number of the associated certificate
- The date of the declaration
- The identifying information and signature of the person authorised to represent the manufacturer or his authorised representative.
Example of an EU Declaration of Conformity
All the names in the example are fictitious, whereas the standards on the washing machine are real.