Renewal CE Type-examination certificates

The standard validity period for certificates is a maximum of 5 years from the date of original issue or date of re-issue. Any amendment, modification, revision, extension etc. of a certificate shall not change the original expiry date.

The expiry date is stated on each certificate.

Changes to any of the referenced standards during the 5 year period of the certificate will not affect the validity of the certificate, unless the presumption of conformity of a standard is withdrawn for safety concerns.

Certificates will not be renewed automatically.

If any company wishes to renew their certificate(s), written application is required to cover the following:

  • Confirmation of the current company name and address
  • Confirmation of current production address(es)
  • Confirmation that there have been no changes to the product, including sub-components/sub-assemblies
  • Copies of current product drawings and photographs, product marking and information supplied by the manufacturer
  • The data resulting from the control and test facilities that have been used to check compliance of the PPE with the harmonised standards and / or other technical specifications
  • For category 3 products information on Article 11 status

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The manufacturer is free to submit any additional documents to support the application for renewal, e.g. independent product certifications, independent quality system certifications, etc. The submitted documents will be reviewed against the requirements of the latest version of the PPE Directive within two months after receipt of all the required information and data, and if the notified body is satisfied that the product has not changed and remains in compliance with all requirements, certification will be re-issued, retaining the same certificate number, to be valid for an additional maximum of 5 years.

Where deficiencies are identified, the company will be requested to address these before certification is reissued.
If the notified body has any doubts about the current product being the same as that certified, they will be free to ask for more information, detailed drawings, photographs etc. plus if thought necessary, a sample of the model that is being questioned.

If the reference specifications / standards have been revised and published in the Official Journal, the notified body will review the changes against the existing data, and any requirements not satisfactorily addressed will be covered by independent product testing before certification is re- issued. Where a certification is not based on a harmonised standard the technical specification shall be reviewed against the PPE Directive to take into account evolution in associated or applicable standards.

The earliest application can be made 12 months before the expiry of the certificate and to ensure continuity of the certificate the application for renewal shall be made at least 6 months before the expiry date.

Where the referenced standard(s) have been superseded / amended and published in the Official Journal of the European Union within 12 months before the expiry date of the certificate, the validity of a certificate may be extended by a maximum of 12 months to give the manufacturer sufficient time to comply with the revised / amended standard(s).