The ABC of CE marking

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“It is prohibited to make a product available on the market, 1. If the product, its packaging or accompanying documentation are CE marked, but the CE marking is not provided for in the statutory instruments referred to in section 8 (1) or in other legal provisions...” according to section 7 (2) of the Product Safety Act (ProdSG) valid throughout Europe.

In return it is also prohibited

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according to ProdSG section 7 (2) to make a product available on the market, “if the product does not bear a CE marking although a statutory instrument referred to in section 8 (1) or any other legal provision requires its affixing.”

There is basically nothing left to be added. That is why we have been offering ever more refined solutions for years. All solutions offered are based on our experience from countless procedures with different European market surveillance authorities or have repeatedly passed their examinations successfully:


  • Conformity workshop – basics of CE marking and product safety, instructions for action, target group: decision makers, product developers and service staff
  • Workshop on fully-assembled bicycle testing – do-it-yourself tests and practical implementation, including template(s) for performing tests on your own for any number of models of one brand
  • Risk assessment “Individual” – model-specific risk assessment from us
  • Risk assessment “Premium” – workshop incl. database for preparing a risk assessment for any number of models on your own
  • Operating instructions in national language – checked, category-specific and in 40 languages, partly available immediately ex stock
  • Template declaration of conformity – category-specific for preparing a risk assessment for any number of models
  • Template CE sticker – category-specific for preparing a risk assessment for any number of models

Of course, the workshops and documents can also address specific requirements if you are represented in the US – or intend to be.


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One, three or even five?

FFI testing system ® Zedler-Institut

The basis of making available a product on the market is of course a number of successfully passed tests. In our experience it is insufficient to rely on test reports from Asian or non-European suppliers. Decisions by the highest courts in the European Union years ago stipulated that manufacturers must perform or arrange for their own tests.

With more than 80 fatigue testing systems we are equipped


to test even larger test volumes as quickly and validly as possible. Many of our partners therefore commission us to test three samples respectively that are identical in construction. Why that?

Clear thing, because among operational strength scientists there is an unbreakable principle:

One test is no test.

In the US, the authorities even require the results of 5 samples tested.

In so far, don’t be afraid of delays due to serious testing. We abide by our promise that at least the first test item will start running on the first testing system no later than 48 hours upon arrival. And regularly, we are even up to date on a daily basis.

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User manuals plant 4,378 trees

Another finding from the procedures we have accompanied is that the authorities pay a lot of attention to the user manuals. In the national language, standard-compliant, printed and enclosed – then nothing can go wrong.

The crux with that: Trucks loaded with user manuals leaving the print shop are, of course, ecologically not good. However, if the user manuals avoid user frustration, operating errors, improper mounting and thus material failure or even accidents


with serious consequences, the life cycle assessment looks quite different.

But how to quantify, as avoided errors are not seizable?

For this reason, we decided years ago to print the user manuals on FSC mix paper, with eco-inks and with electricity from the print shop's own photovoltaics or, in addition, with additionally purchased green electricity.

Since 2021, we have gone even further together with our partner company. True to our concern to take as little from nature as possible, we also compensate for woodcutting, emissions from paper production and transport.

You are right: Climate-neutral by compensation is in many cases something to be questioned. We therefore made it seizable by planting trees as part of a natural forest reforestation project in Saxony-Anhalt. As a result the following trees were planted in Germany:

  • 3,287 oaks in Merseburg I
  • 245 oaks in Merseburg II
  • 312 larches in Merseburg II
  • 434 wild apples/wild cherries/wild pears in Merseburg II
  • 100 oaks in Zollhaus VI

We’ll follow up and report about the growth and thriving of the 2022 forest year – this is a promise.


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“Quick and dirty” at the cross duathlon

Working student Julian Großkopf (left) successful in the Dirty Race 2023 ® Werner Kuhnle

DIRTY RACE – Tough enough? That’s the claim of the cult race in Murr which has been taking place since 2002. Julian Großkopf and Philipp Kipker were definitely tough enough in icy winds on the last Saturday in January.

With only 40 seconds behind the winner, but 3:13 minutes ahead of the third-placed Julian cycled and ran confidently to the winner’s podium in 1:01:19.


The multiple German and European age group champion in triathlon (middle distance) was only beaten by the current German champion in cross duathlon, Jonas Hoffmann.

Not quite as far ahead as our working student Julian, but with a respectable 38th place, our quality engineer Philipp Kipker was fully satisfied. Philipp’s time of 1:18:11 minutes for the Dirty Race in the steep vineyards consisting of 5 km of road running – 15 km mountain biking – 4 km of cross running is something you have to make.

The two athletes were supported by Zedler-Institut with cycling material, jerseys and a loud fan block.

Congrats to both dirty racers from the entire team!


Photos: ® Werner Kuhnle and Philipp Kipker