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Module J – Conformity assessment

What processes and steps apply when exporting to the EU market?

A manufacturer can only place a product on the EU market when it meets all the legal requirements. The conformity of a product with the legal requirements must be assessed by the manufacturer before it is put on the market. While the responsibility is with the manufacturer, some legislation requires the involvement of a conformity assessment body in the process. The manufacturer must draw up a declaration of conformity containing certain required information as evidence of that the conformity assessment process has taken place.


This module has the objective of introducing the overall approach to conformity and safety, the roles of conformity assessment bodies (notified bodies) and the circumstances in which a self-assessment of conformity can be made or whether third party input is required.

Learning outcomes

Through attending this module, participants will understand the EU requirements relating to conformity assessment in practical terms when selling products to that EU market, and how to demonstrate that products are safe and compliant:

  • The differences between the EU and Chinese approach to conformity assessment.
  • The obligations placed on a Chinese manufacturer when exporting to the EU.
  • Whether or not a third party is needed in the conformity process.
  • How to draw up the declaration of conformity and supporting technical documentation.

Tags, sub-topics, combination with other modules

Conformity assessment processes. Declarations of conformity. Rationale for selecting appropriate steps. Conformity assessment bodies and notified bodies.

  • This module can be used stand-alone or in combination with other modules related to exporting products to the EU in general and/or sector specific.