CE Certification Vs. UL Listing

by Dwight Chestnut; Updated September 26, 2017
CE certification and UL listing are product quality declarations.

Product compliance certifications are commonplace in international business to ensure that products meet foundational standards for quality, operation, health and safety. Product manufacturers use the CE certification and the UL listing to indicate that their product meets the CE and UL compliance standards.

Definitions

The Conformite Europeene (CE) certification is a compliance declaration used by companies in the European Economic Area (EEA) or European Union (EU) to indicate that their products comply with the essential requirements of European health, safety and environmental protection legislation. The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certification or marking indicates compliance to applicable North American standards as established by Underwriters Laboratories.

Comparison

The CE marking is based on a self-declaration by the manufacturer, not a certification from a third-party auditor or inspector. By contrast, the UL certification must be verified by third-party auditors and inspectors working for or in collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories.

Significance

The CE marking works within the European Economic Area (EEA) to facilitate trade among member countries. Also, companies looking to export to the EU must display the CE marking. EEA or EU manufacturers looking to export to North America must secure the UL marking.

About the Author

Dwight Chestnut has been a freelance business researcher and article writer for over 18 years. He has published several business articles online and written several business ebooks. Chestnut holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mississippi (1980) and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix (2004).

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