From 16 July 2021, any CE-marked products that are sold into the EU, will have to have an EU established economic operator listed on the product or packaging. The economic operator can be a manufacturer, importer, authorized representative or fulfilment service provider based in the EU.
Check if you are selling CE marked products into the EU. You can see examples of products that carry the CE mark in our FAQ.
Verify the products are meant for the EU market and comply with the EU legislation. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer.
If the products are compliant, check whether you see information of the EU manufacturer or EU importer on the products. If there is an EU manufacturer or importer, they are the economic operator in Europe.
If there is no EU manufacturer or importer, check with the non-EU manufacturer to see if they have an authorised representative. If there is one, obtain the name and contact details (including postal address) of the authorised representative and ensure that the information is indicated on the product or its packaging.
Alternatively, you can use a fulfilment service provider in the EU — if you do not currently have an economic operator and you’re looking for an EU-authorised representative for the compliant products, some experienced third-party companies were identified for your assistance.
If you can’t appoint or obtain information of an economic operator for the CE marked products you intend to sell to the EU on or before 16 July 2021, you will not be allowed to sell the product to the EU until an economic operator in the EU is arranged for.
Four types of economic operators are accepted under the new regulations:
An economic operator has to be established in the EU. Their key tasks include:
They apply to a wide range of products which are required to bear CE marking. Examples include:
Products requiring CE marking are covered by the EU New Approach Directive. Find more information on EU and UK Government websites.
Fulfilment service providers in the EU are specialist companies or persons in the EU which provide at least two or more of the following services:
It does not include carriers or logistics service providers which only handle shipment or movement of goods.
If you want to use a fulfilment service provider in the EU, you can work with the manufacturer to provide them with relevant documents. If the fulfilment service provider accepts the documents and your goods, it will become an economic operator and you can then indicate their name or contact information (including postal address) on the product or its packaging. However, some fulfilment service providers may ask for an authorized representative of your products instead. In which case, you would still need to work with the non-EU manufacturer to appoint an authorized representative in the EU.
The following companies can provide support for most products (whether soft or hard goods) covered by requirements:
More economic operators are being added to this list, and you will be updated as soon as possible.