Module A1

Assessment module – A1 Internal production control plus supervised product testing

Internal production control plus supervised product testing is the conformity assessment procedure whereby the manufacturer fulfils the obligations laid down below, and ensures and declares on his sole responsibility that the products concerned satisfy the requirements of the legislative instrument that apply to them.

The manufacturer shall establish the technical documentation. The documentation shall make it possible to assess the product’s conformity with the relevant requirements, and shall include an adequate analysis and assessment of the risk(s).

The technical documentation shall specify the applicable requirements and cover, as far as relevant for the assessment, the design, manufacture and operation of the product. The technical documentation shall contain, wherever applicable, at least the following elements:

  • a general description of the product,
  • conceptual design and manufacturing drawings and schemes of components, sub-assemblies, circuits, etc.
  • descriptions and explanations necessary for the understanding of those drawings and schemes and the operation of the product,
  • a list of the harmonised standards and/or other relevant technical specifications the references of which have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, applied in full or in part, and descriptions of the solutions adopted to meet the essential requirements of the legislative instrument where those harmonized standards have not been applied. In the event of partly applied harmonised standards, the technical documentation shall specify the parts which have been applied,
  • results of design calculations made, examinations carried out, etc., and
  • test reports.

The manufacturer shall take all measures necessary so that the manufacturing process and its monitoring ensure compliance of the manufactured products with the technical documentation and with the requirements of the legislative instruments that apply to them.

For each individual product manufactured, one or more tests on one or more specific aspects of the product shall be carried out by the manufacturer or on his behalf, in order to verify conformity with the corresponding requirements of the legislative instrument. At the choice of the manufacturer, the tests are carried out either by an accredited in-house body or under the responsibility of a notified body chosen by the manufacturer. Where the tests are carried out by a notified body, the manufacturer shall, under the responsibility of the notified body, affix the notified body’s identification number during the manufacturing process.

The manufacturer shall affix the required conformity marking set out in the legislative instrument to each individual product that satisfies the applicable requirements of the legislative instrument and draw up a written declaration of conformity for a product model and keep it together with the technical documentation at the disposal of the national authorities for 10 years after the product has been placed on the market. The declaration of conformity shall identify the product for which it has been drawn up. A copy of the declaration of conformity shall be made available to the relevant authorities upon request.