CE-marking for construction products: supervision and control
The Human Environment and Transport Directorate (ILT) checks CE-markings (and Declarations of Performance) for construction products. ILT mainly performs these inspections at the sites of manufacturers, importers and distributors.
If a business violates the rules, they may have to pay a penalty. In the most serious cases, a business owner can be jailed. A product may also be taken off the market, for instance, if it does not have a CE-mark required by law.
In the Netherlands, assessments of products for which CE-marking is mandatory are carried out by various bodies. For instance, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) checks whether gas appliances meet the statutory requirements while the Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate is responsible for inspecting equipment used in an explosive atmosphere.
Products that do not satisfy the CE-marking requirements
Products may only bear a CE-mark if they satisfy all the statutory requirements and CE-marking is mandatory for that product group. If a product does not meet the statutory requirements, it may not be placed on the market.
If an assessment body finds that a product wrongly bears a CE-mark, it can do one of the following:
- it can order the manufacturer to adapt the product so that it does meet the CE-marking requirements;
- it can take the product off the market;
- it can begin criminal proceedings against the company in question (in serious cases).