Exporters of most categories of machinery and equipment must comply with new "CE Marking" Directives before distributing their products within the European Union (EU). Their products must conform to certain health and safety requirements, must undergo a hazard identification and risk analysis, must have a CE Mark affixed to them, and must be accompanied by specific documentation before they can be offered for sale in a EU country. While some products require mandatory certification by a third party, most products can be self-assessed by the manufacturer. This means that the manufacturer is the one who applies the CE Mark and declares conformity in accordance with the requirements of the applicable Directive(s).
This seminar, through presentation and discussion, will address manufacturers' responsibilities in the CE Marking process. It will provide participants with the framework to design and produce a CE-compliant product, perform the necessary assessments and analyses, and generate the documentation required to validate this process. If given as more than a one-day seminar, the participants will have the opportunity to assess an actual sample product for CE Marking conformity.
Seminar Emphasis and Application:
This program is geared toward manufacturers who are considering marketing new or existing products to the European Union. The seminar will enable participants to:
This seminar is aimed at engineers, designers, product safety and liability professionals, and managers who are responsible for determining product compliance with current European Union requirements. Manufacturers who are considering marketing new or existing products to the European Union will also benefit.
The morning session will begin with discussion of the purpose and impact of the new EU Directives, and will include an overview of the seven step process required of a manufacturer to demonstrate conformity with the Directives. These seven steps will then be individually examined in depth. Morning session topics will include:
The afternoon session will cover the three Directives which affect most manufacturers: The Machinery Directive, the Low Voltage Directive, and the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive. The essence of CE assessment will then be explored; examination of the EHSR's, and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment. If the seminar is scheduled for more than one day, participants will be tasked with a case study. Afternoon session topics will include:
For an extended seminar (more than one day), participants will be divided into groups and given time to develop and outline a CE assessment and compliance program for a simple product. Each group will then present its outline to the class on the following day, with the class and instructors providing comments and critique. This seminar will conclude with a summary of recommendations and pitfalls to avoid based upon the instructors' involvement with past CE assessment programs. Day two session topics will include:
Alvin S. Weinstein, PhD., is an attorney and a mechanical engineer. He is Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University and has taught law at the Franklin Pierce Law Center. He has been active in government sponsored research for improving the product liability litigation process and developing approaches for manufacturers to reduce exposure to liability. He was chairman of the Design, Engineering and the Law Committee of the America Society of Mechanical Engineers. Among his publications is the book Products Liability and the Reasonably Safe Product.
Charles F. Seyboldt is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 15 years of experience in the transportation industry. He also holds a law degree. He has been responsible for the preparation of Process and Product Risk Assessments, specifications and operation of production equipment, preparation and review of technical files for compliance to European Union Machinery and Low Voltage Directives and their related standards. He has delivered seminars on CE Marking under the auspices of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
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