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A Guide to EU Standards and Conformity Assessment



H Delaney, R van de Zande


This guide is an easy-to-use introductory reference for industry and government officials on the general principles and concepts behind the European Union's (EU) New Approach laws and directives. It is designed to help business and government officials understand its new laws, the EU's standardization process, and the relationship between the European Commission and the European standardization bodies in the European union. It also provides information on the EU's approach to conformity assessment and requirements for obtaining CE mark to gain access to the European Market. The guide offers explanations of such concepts and requirements as: notified bodies, conformity assessment modules, supplier's declaration of conformity, technical construction files, user manuals, authorized representatives, and product liability in the European Union.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 951
Report Number


CEN, CENELEC, conformity assessment, ETSI, modules, New Approach, notified bodies, product liability, standards


Delaney, H. and Van, R. (2000), A Guide to EU Standards and Conformity Assessment, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed February 21, 2024)
Created May 1, 2000, Updated April 22, 2019