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Compliance, certificates and quality marks

Compliance, certificates and quality marks

It is important that you determine at the earliest possible stage which rules and standards are relevant to your concept and which requirements your concept must meet.

If you can then demonstrate to your potential customers – through certification – that you comply with the various rules and standards, this creates the necessary confidence you need for the market acceptance of your product.

Avoid bottlenecks

Therefore, take into account the relevant rules and requirements at such an early stage in the development process so that you do not run into bottlenecks afterwards and, for example, it appears that compliance with an existing standard is difficult to demonstrate. For example, because the measurement methods included in the standard are not suitable for measuring the performance of your product. You can then develop your own measurement method based on the equivalence principle, but this takes time. If a new method is necessary, choose to participate in a standards committee at the earliest possible stage in order to be able to adjust the standard for this route.

Advantages of a certificate or quality mark

With a quality mark or certificate, an organization demonstrates that its product, system, person or process meets a certain standard. This is especially important for new products!

It gives customers the confidence that the organization has its affairs in order. It prevents every business partner from submitting their own list of requirements and having to check this themselves and it gives the organization a better competitive position.

What does NEN do?

The aim of NEN is harmonization of quality assessment, so that the quality of processes, services, products and people in the different sectors is assessed in the same way. Optimal transparency of quality can be achieved through certification. NEN develops the standards and certification schemes for this together with the interested parties.

Click here to read more or watch thee video.


CE marking is the combination of the letters CE (Conformité Européenne). CE marking must be affixed to a large number of products. Click here for an overview of products for which CE marking is mandatory.

So-called New Approach Guidelines apply to various product groups. These contain essential requirements in the field of safety, health and the environment that these products must meet. The products to which these directives apply may only be placed on the market if they are provided with a CE marking, in which CE marking mechanical engineering also plays an important role.

By affixing the CE marking to the product, the manufacturer (or the importer for products manufactured by a company outside the EEA) declares that the product complies with the essential requirements of the applicable directive (s) and that the relevant procedures to establish this conformity have been completed.

NEN offers various training courses in the field of CE marking and machine safety. Click here for an overview.

Click here to read more about CE marking.

Or go directly to tools for CE-marking (NL).