A Comprehensive Guide on CE Markings and C-Class Labels for Manufacturers

Navigate the complexities and the importance of obtaining CE markings and C-class labels for manufacturers. Learn about the certification and more.
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Staying ahead of regulatory requirements is crucial for manufacturers aiming to make it in the European Union. With a focus on safety, privacy, and environmental considerations, the EU has established a framework for drones, where CE markings and C-class labels for manufacturers hold a central place.

Understanding the C Marking Certification Process

The CE marking serves as a vital stamp of approval for products that are to be sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). When it comes to drones, having this marking signifies that the product aligns with specific EU regulations, such as Regulation (EU) 2019/945, which pertains to unmanned aircraft systems.

Significant recent milestones in compliance include the DJI Mavic 3 earning the distinction of being the first drone to receive a C1 drone certificate under the EU guidelines. Similarly, the Quantum Systems Trinity F90 drone has also made noteworthy strides. These accomplishments highlight an increasing emphasis on ensuring that drones meet stringent safety and compliance standards.

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The Role of Notified Bodies and NANDO

NANDO, which stands for New Approach Notified and Designated Organisations, is made up of entities appointed by member states to evaluate a product’s conformity with a given directive. As for the manufacturers aiming to acquire C1, C2 and C3 class markings, they should keep in mind that they are required to either submit to a technical design assessment (Module B) conducted by a notified body or have their quality assurance systems thoroughly evaluated (Module H). Notified Bodies such as ALTER TECHNOLOGY, CerTrust, and Applus+ can be found listed on the NANDO website.

Services Offered by Notified Bodies

Notified Bodies play a crucial role in assessing various Unmanned Aircraft System Classes, ranging from C0 to C6. They ensure that products adhere to procedures such as EU-type examination (Module B), Conformity to type (Module C), and full quality assurance (Module H). Their evaluations are aligned with legislation, including Regulation (EU) 2019/945, 2014/53/EU Radio equipment, and 2014/30/EU Electromagnetic compatibility.

Where Can I Find These Notified Bodies?

Currently, there are five Notified Bodies situated in three countries – Germany, Hungary, and Spain, responsible for assessing product conformity with EU directives. Information about these bodies, including their identification numbers and the specific tasks they are authorized to undertake, can be accessed and searched on the NANDO website. It’s important to note that these lists are periodically updated to reflect any changes in the designation of the Notified Bodies.

Notified Body NumberCompany NameAddressCountryPhoneFaxEmail
2031ALTER TECHNOLOGY-TÜV NORD, S.A.U.C/ De la Majada, Nº 3, 28760 Tres Cantos, MadridSpain+34 91 8041893+34 91 8041664info.certification@altertechnology.com
2806CerTrust Kft.Váci út 49. (DC offices) 6. Em., 1134 BudapestHungary+36 (1) 4900229info@certrust.eu
0370LGAI TECHNOLOGICAL CENTER, S. A. (Applus+)Ronda de la Font del Carme, 08193 BarcelonaSpain+34 935 672 000+34 935 672 001info@appluslaboratories.com
2603NavCert GmbHHermann-Blenk-Straße 22, 38108 BraunschweigGermany+49 (0) 531 – 35479490+49 (0) 531 – 35479491info@navcert.de
0197TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbHTillystraße 2, 90431 NürnbergGermany+49 (0) 9116555225+49 (0) 9116555226service@de.tuv.com

Is Self-Certification a Viable Option?

When it comes to self-certification for C0-C6 class markings, you should have a thorough assessment of the regulatory landscape. In the context of manufacturers independently affirming the compliance of their products without external validation, self-certification is permissible for C1, C2 and C3 class markings only with a full quality assurance. Compliance can only be claimed through an evaluation by a notified body, even if a manufacturer completes all requisite tasks and documentation independently.

Regardless of the manufacturer’s capacity to independently complete all mandatory tasks and documentation required for compliance, this still holds. The insistence on an external review ensures a uniform standard of safety and adherence to regulations, which further contributes to safe skies.

For the C0, C4, C5 and C6 Class marking as well as for UAS remote identification, the manufacturer can have an internal production control and declare on their sole responsibility that their product is compliant. 

Strategic Recommendations for Manufacturers

Making your products compliant with all the requirements and regulations should be crucial. That’s why manufacturers should take the following steps:

  • Start by assessing whether obtaining a C certification is crucial for your product. This involves evaluating the product’s alignment with current regulations and its potential to meet consumer and regulatory expectations.
  • Next, evaluate the Return on Investment (ROI) and consider the potential benefits of certification relative to the associated investment. This includes weighing the potential advantages, such as market access, competitive edge, and consumer trust, against the financial outlay and time commitment required for the certification process.
  • Finally, engage with a Notified Body to commence the compliance assessment procedure.

In essence, the journey towards obtaining CE markings and C Class labels requires manufacturers to strategically navigate through regulatory requirements while keeping an eye on the long-term benefits.

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