THE CE LABEL
By introducing the CE label, the European Union elaborated an innovative instrument for eliminating the barriers in the way of free merchandise circulation and for protecting the public interest.
Having its actual form since 1993, the CE label is an essential indicator that a certain product respects the EU regulations and allows free merchandise circulation within the European market. By applying the CE label on a product, the producer declares, on its own account, conformity with all the legal requirements bound to the CE label, thus, guaranteeing the availability for sale for his product in the European Economic Area (EEA – the EU states and some EFTA states: Island, Norway and Lichtenstein). This agreement is available in the case of products manufactured in other countries and sold in EEA.
The CE label does not show that the product was manufactured in EEA, but it declares that the product was evaluated before being introduced to the market and that it satisfies the legal requirements (for example, safety) to be sold within the EEA. This implies that the producer verified all the essential relevant requirements of the EU harmonisation laws (e.g. safety, health, environmental demands), or, in case it is required, it had it examined by an authorized evaluating team.
Yet, not all products must bear the CE label. Only certain categories that apply to the EU harmonization law will demand using the CE label. Not only professionals buy CE labeled products (e.g. medical appliances, elevators, cars and measuring equipment) , but also individual consummers (toys, PCs, cel phones, light bulbs).
THE ISO 9001 STANDARD
The standards from the “ISO 9001 family” represent a collection of standards that gather the specific requirements concerning varied processes inside the organization, like: designing, marketing, production, services, sales, getting supplies, dealing with irregularities.
The ISO 9001 standard has certain requirements for the quality system and for the way the company deals with its quality policy. In addition, the standard has requirements for ensuring and improving the processes that are important for growing the client satifaction.
Keeping conformity to the ISO 9001 standard generates a better overview and control over the operation processes. This leads to a better targeted improvement and moves on to the final purpose – ensuring a high level of satisfaction for the client.
An organisation can claim (they can get certified) they have a competitive quality management systemif they respect the ISO 9001:2008 standard.