The roots of the CE Marking Association go back to 1989 and has for many years been leading manufacturers through the maze of conformity legislation. Please allow us to explain a little bit more about us and our history. The main purpose of our Association is to assist companies that manufacture, import or distribute products that fall within the scope of at least one of the 25 CE Marking Directives (such as electrical apparatus, machines, medical devices, pressure equipment, construction products and other consumer products), in understanding and meeting their legal obligations with regards to the CE Mark and product conformity, and keeping up-to-date with changes in legislation.
Originally the Association started out as the West Midlands EMC Club, which was originally established in 1993 under a national initiative by the DTI (now BEIS) as one of several regional EMC clubs. Originally based at Bordesley Hall (right), the EMC Club was set up to assist manufacturers in understanding their obligations as required by the soon to be mandatory EMC Directive 89/336/EEC and the upcoming CE marking legislation. Over time, as some of the other clubs declined, the West Midlands EMC Club grew to become the Midlands EMC Club, and then the Midlands EMC & CE Club, which extended its coverage to include all product Directives that required a products to be affixed with the CE mark. Then due to continued success and popularity, in 2003 the club was re-launched as the CE Marking Association offering comprehensive European product compliance advice across the UK and beyond.
As one of the few EMC & CE clubs that remain active, the CE Marking Association currently has hundreds of members from large and small organisations, as well as representatives of many of the industry’s experts and enforcement agencies. In addition to the range of member services offered, the Association is currently able to provide, through its managing company Wemtech, advice, consultancy, compliance services including product testing and assessment, and training, in all areas of product compliance using its skilled and experienced in-house team and testing/assessment facilities.
About us today
Today the CE Marking Association is based at Wootton Park in the Great Barn and provides independent help and advice regarding affixing the CE mark and related product compliance Legislation; delivers training and workshops to increase in-house knowledge and ability; provides compliance and consultancy services such as EMC testing, electrical safety testing and machinery assessments; and provides clients with on-going support, through access to our technical helpline, through membership of the Association. We also regularly liaise with competent authorities and reputable organisations within the industry, including; BEIS (formerly BIS, BERR & DTI); Trading Standards and the HSE; and other industry authorities, who collectively assist the Association in keeping clients and its members up-to-date on legislation and associated policy.
You don’t need to be a member, but it may be beneficial!
All of our commercial services (Consultancy, Product Testing, Training, etc.) are available to non-members and members alike, however, to assist you in remaining aware of changes to legislation and standards, and to assist you with your requirements to ensure ongoing conformity, we invite you to join the most active independent product compliance association of its kind in the UK – we are here to help you navigate and demystify the realms of product compliance.
Please visit our membership page to find out more about joining the Association and the benefits that it provides our members or give us a call to see how we can help you.