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2 Sep 2021

Challenges Faced in Obtaining CE Marking certification in Malaysia

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CE Marking certification has been a challenge that is not easy for MNCs to gain certification. In fact, many of them have given up for this reason instead of seriously looking at the benefits they can gain from CE Marking.

CE marking is one of the most important elements in marketing electronic products throughout Europe and it is often required by the countries under European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).

The CE marking is a manufacturer identification code that tells that the electronic products comply with the essential requirements of the EU Directive. This directive includes legal, safety, and environmental protection requirements of EMC directive and low voltage directive.

CE Marking for Electronic product in Malaysia

Other than for selling electronic products in Europe, companies can also get many benefits from CE marking. These benefits include:

  1. Enhance the credibility and image of the international company among European customers;
  2. Increase export sales to Europe;
  3. Reduce warranty costs through free circulation in the EEA;
  4. Eliminate duplication of testing by certifying all distributors and importers in EEA countries; and
  5. Avoid the risk of not being allowed to sell or distribute the product in certain countries because it is not CE marked.

Who should apply for CE Marking Certification in Malaysia

It is not the duty of every company to get CE Marking certification in Malaysia. However, companies must do so when they want to distribute or sell their products in EEA countries. For companies that are interested in doing so, there are two ways to get this certification: send their employees to Europe to get the certification or hire a certified consultant based in Malaysia.

The application for CE Marking certification, including the assessment by an Independent body, can take months and some companies may be forced to pay a high cost in order to get this certificate. It has turned out that many companies have given up because it is too expensive and complicated.

In Malaysia, some companies have tried to apply for CE Marking certification several times but failed. In order to find a company that can help them get this certification easily, they have tried the reverse exporting way as well as hiring the services of a certified consultant from Europe. These options are not easy either because it requires time and money.

The first way of getting CE Marking certification is to send employees to Europe (EU/EEA). The person must go through the procedures in a company which has been appointed by a European Union member state and meet with all requirements according to the directives in question before returning home. The second way is to hire a certified consultant.

In Malaysia, companies are recommended to open an office in Singapore first for the reason that it is easier, cheaper, and faster for them to gain access to EEA countries. This makes it possible for Malaysian companies who want CE Marking certification to send their employees to Singapore, let them go through the procedures as mentioned above, and then apply for CE Marking certification in Malaysia.

As we all know that Singapore is not a member of the EU but our neighboring country. The most important thing here is that Malaysian companies can gain access to EEA countries more easily and faster than any other method. As such, they only need to invest once in sending their employees to Singapore, help them understand the procedures thoroughly, and then send their applications for CE Marking certification in Malaysia.

CE compliance is mandatory prior to manufacturing or importing products into European countries. The legal basis for this requirement is based on the EU Directive which aims at establishing a single market with free movement of goods within the member states of the European Union (EU).

It is necessary to mention that CE marking compliance in Malaysia is only the first step towards selling your products in Europe. You should not stop here because there are even more important requirements such as packaging and labeling, conformity assessment procedures, and documentation requirements which you must meet if you want to conduct trade in Europe.

What is CE Marking

CE marking is a mandatory conformity mark that has been placed on a product to indicate compliance with the applicable European legislation. The main objective of having the CE mark is to provide consumers within the EEA countries with a minimum level of protection as well as bringing economic benefit for the manufacturing industry and facilitate trade. In other words, if a product has the CE mark, it means that the product complies with all relevant EU Directives.

The legal basis for this requirement is based on the European Union Directive which aims at establishing a single market with free movement of goods within the member states of the European Union (EU). The main objective of having the CE marking is to provide consumers within the EEA countries with a minimum level of protection as well as bring economic benefit for the manufacturing industry and facilitate trade.

Is CE Marking Certification in Malaysia mandatory?

No. CE marking is not compulsory in Malaysia although it would be necessary when products are sold to European Countries. However, when products are sold to other countries outside Europe, then CE Marking would not be mandatory.

Difference between CE Marking and Declaration of Conformity (DoC).

The DoC is a declaration that a product complies with the relevant standards published by standardization bodies whereas CE marking is a conformity mark that has been placed on a product to indicate compliance with all applicable European legislation.

CE Marking is Mandatory in European Countries

The legal basis for this requirement is based on the EU Directive which aims at establishing a single market with free movement of goods within the member states of the European Union (EU).

It is important to know that CE marking compliance in Malaysia is only the first step towards selling your products in Europe. You should not stop here because there are even more important requirements such as packaging and labeling, conformity assessment procedures, and documentation requirements which you must meet if you want to conduct trade in Europe.

To summarize the above, it is clear that CE Marking is compulsory once products are sold in European Union Member States. However, if your products are only sold in Malaysia, then CE Marking is not compulsory.

The CE marking makes EEA products distinguishable from non-EEA products and certifies that they meet all applicable requirements. This helps the market surveillance authorities and customs to detect and detain non-EEA products which may be dangerous or even illegal for sale or use within their territory.

The requirement of having a notified body to test your products before placing it on the market within Europe may sound burdensome but, on the other hand, it would give you the peace of mind that your product is indeed safe for consumers.

So far, our Malaysian market is still open for all kinds of electrical and electronic products from China because Malaysia doesn’t have this requirement yet.

Conclusion:

If Malaysia wants to be open for more of such products, then we should require Malaysian manufacturers and importers to have their products CE Marked.

However, Malaysia is already getting into the European market and it has been selling its cars there since 2005. Therefore, We believe that we will eventually implement this requirement, too – perhaps towards the end of 2015 or in 2016.

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