Product certifications

  • Machinery and other products in the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland must meet CE conformity standards.
  • A type test confirms that a product fulfils the essential requirements with regard to security and health protection.
  • Suva supports manufacturers of machinery and other products in matters relating to CE conformity with type examinations, advice and specialist courses.

Training courses for professionals

Suva offers various specialist courses  for engineers and professionals involved in developing machinery and machine control systems.

We are happy to organize our seminars - tailored to your needs – at your premises.

Are your products safe?

In Switzerland, the same safety standards apply for machinery and many other products as in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). As a manufacturer, you are responsible for ensuring the safety of your products.
Why is CE conformity required?
Within the EU and the EEA, products must fulfil certain essential requirements with regard to safety and health protection. Manufacturers confirm that these standards have been met with an EU declaration of conformity.
What does a type examination certificate do?
A type examination checks and certifies that a product meets the essential requirements with regard to safety and health protection. For you as a manufacturer, this is a powerful selling point. After all, customers are paying more and more attention to safety when it comes to buying machinery.

Legal regulations regarding product safety

Here are some useful links to Swiss laws and ordinances. You will find links to the corresponding European documents under the relevant topic. The links are continuously updated.

Swiss Federal Law on Product Safety (PrSG  )

Swiss Ordinance on Product Safety (PrSV  )

Swiss Ordinance on Machinery (MaschV  )

Swiss Ordinance on Low-Voltage Electrical Equipment (NEV  )

Swiss Ordinance on PPE (PSAV  )

Swiss Ordinance on Electromagnetic Compatibility (VEMV  )



Suva has many years of experience in certifying products. Suva CERTIFICATION  is recognised by the European Union as a conformity assessment body (notified body, notification no. 1246  ). Our safety engineers are actively involved in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), as well as various national and international bodies.

Suva is also accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service under the numberSCESp 0008  as a conformity assessment body  for machinery, low-voltage switchgear and controlgear and personal protective equipment against falls from a height.

You can rely on Suva’s extensive experience in CE conformity and safety standards. Your innovation coupled with our safety expertise is your guarantee of a successful product.

Why do manufacturers place their trust in us?

Although it is ultimately up to manufacturers to ensure product safety, there is always the option of having products voluntarily assessed by an accredited certification body. As manufacturers are responsible for every aspect of their products, confirmation from an independent body that they comply with the applicable directives and regulations provides additional security.

More information 

Information on type examinations and how to apply for them

As an accredited and notified certification body, Suva carries out type examinations in accordance with European directives and regulations relating to machinery, safety components and controls, low-voltage switchgear and controlgear and personal protective equipment against falls from a height.

Our references

The following database  contains details of all type examination certificates issued by Suva since 1 January 1993 – including valid, replaced, expired and cancelled certificates.

Information on CE conformity and how to apply for advice on this

Suva helps manufacturers and distributors to ensure CE conformity for their products.

We provide you with helpful information on:

  • CE conformity   
  • European directives and regulations   
  • European standards   
  • the safety of machines and controls   

We offer you

  • assessments of protective measures for machiönery   
  • opinions on the state of the art of used machinery   

Take advantage of our extensive experience and our continuously updated specialist expertise.

More information about CE conformity 

Assessing and reducing risks for machinery

The Machinery Directive stipulates that machine manufacturers must carry out a risk assessment and take measures to reduce any risks. One way of meeting this requirement is to follow the Suva method for the risk assessment of technical devices and equipment.

This method is based on the EN ISO 12100:2010 standard (Safety of machinery – General principles for design – Risk assessment and risk reduction).

Suva offers an Internet application and training seminars for implementing this method.

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The certification body will be pleased to provide you with information on risk assessment.