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Step 1 - Determine applicable regulations & standards

Assignment: Define the intended purpose

Which CE regulations, directives and standards apply depends on the product's intended purpose. In this part, we go into the question how to define the intended purpose.

For CE certification, it is very important to have an accurate product specification and an extensive description of the product's intended purpose. On the basis of the description of the intended purpose, you and your testing and certification service providers are going to base the decision on the applicable CE directives and standards. The market surveillance and inspection bodies that check compliance also will use the intended purpose to check if the correct legislation and standards have been applied, and if the CE marking is correct. Therefore, if you get this important first step wrong, all your CE efforts may be in vain. Therefore, please spend sufficient time on this step. The more information you can provide, the better it is.