Obligations of importers
The importers may place on the European market only products that comply with CE standards.
It is the importer's obligation to ensure that the manufacturer has:
- performed the appropriate assessment procedure
- prepared the technical documentation
- affixed the CE symbol
- the product accompanied with the prescribed documents
- complied with the mandatory requirements of identifying the product and the manufacturer
Where an importer considers that a device does not comply with CE standards, can not place the product on the market until it is brought into conformity. Moreover, if there are possible reasons for risk, it must inform the manufacturer and the supervisory authorities.
Importers must identify on the device indicating their name, their registered trade name or their brand adding a postal address or a document accompanying the apparatus that provides the competent authorities the necessary data for a possible contact.
An importer is considered a manufacturer and is subject to the obligations of the manufacturers where he places a product on the market under its own name or trademark, or when making changes to a product already on the market in such a way as to influence compliance with the applicable directives.