CE marking requirements for welders

CE marking

Since 2014 manufacturers have had to apply CE marking to a number of products if they want to sell them in Europe. The mark showcases that the product adheres to the standards in the EU. As a result it is suitable to sell anywhere within the Union.

The list of products that must have a CE mark is quite extensive. It includes things like machinery, pressure equipment, PPE, terminal equipment for telecom, and medical devices. A number of products made from structural steel must have the marking before they can legally be sold.


The CE marking includes specific requirements for welders. This is to ensure that they have the right skills, especially when dealing with structural steel parts. Again the goal is to ensure that the end product meets the right standards. The aim is to ensure there are no issues stemming from low quality welding.

Every company should ensure that their welders have the relevant qualifications. The current one they should have is BS EN ISO 9606-1:2017. That is the latest one for fusion welders and has requirements for working with different materials.

Some welders will have previous qualifications from before the introduction of BS EN ISO 9606-1:2017. There was a version of this same standard from 2013. There was also BS EN 287-1 but that was superseded and withdrawn. As a result some welders may need retesting under the newest standard.

A dedicated person

As well as ensuring each welder has the right skills, the requirements for CE marking state that some companies should have a Responsible Welding Coordinator. This is vital if they manufacture or supply structural steel for use in buildings, bridges, and special structures.

The RWC has an important role to play. They must supervise and control the welding, ensuring it complies with the EU standards. The final products must have sufficient levels of stability, durability, service life, and mechanical resistance.

Help with CE marking for welding

Format NDT Ltd is a company that businesses can rely on when it involves using the CE mark. We know when it can and can’t be used, and the rules for applying it to a product. As a result we can assist businesses in ensuring they do what they need to so they can sell products in the EU.

Working with us can be more cost effective than appointing people to your own team. It can also ensure you get expert advice when you need it.

So, if you need help with CE marking or ensuring your welders have the right skills, rely on us. We work across the UK and always deliver first rate services.