Even a single error can invalidate a product's Declaration of Conformity. The following list contains some of the most common mistakes found in the contents of the Declaration of Conformity:
- The title of the document is 'Certificate of Conformity', instead of 'Declaration of Conformity'.
- In the document, it is written 'CE declaration' instead of 'EU declaration'.
- The list of relevant standards and directives is incomplete
- Proper signature details are missing
- The document lacks a statement of conformity, such as "The object of the declaration is in conformity with the essential requirements of the following Directives"
- The sentence "This declaration of conformity is issued under the sole responsibility of the manufacturer" is missing
- Not all safety standards have correct numbers with prefixes
- The signature is of a person who doesn't work or have an appropriate position in the company.
- The date of issue of the Declaration predates some of the standards or directives stated
- Complete product information is missing (product name, description and model number)
- The brand name isn't specified in the Declaration.
- The Declaration of Conformity is misleading (e.g. it contains a list of irrelevant EN standards)
- The product has a model/type number, but the same isn't specified in the Declaration of Conformity.
All of the above-stated simple mistakes are easily avoidable. All that you need to do is pay a bit more attention to what the relevant directives state and stay up to date with the changes in the applicable standards.