Unravel the system behind CE marking: not watertight

European logo does not say much about the safety of non-food products

Consumers buying a toy car, contact lenses, a smartphone or a bicycle helmet with the letters CE on it cannot assume that the product is safe, healthy or environmentally friendly. The system of CE marking is not watertight. Also, a CE marking is not a quality label. Manufacturers are themselves responsible for placing the CE marking on products, and for producing a declaration of conformity stating that the products meet EU health and safety requirements. On average, 800 products subject to the CE system have to be withdrawn from the European market every year because they are neither safe nor healthy.