Standards, certification and marking of products and services when doing foreign trade

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Products or services you sell must meet various requirements set in laws and regulations or by customers. This can, for example, concern requirements concerning function, safety and marking. Standards help you to meet such requirements.


A standard is a collection of rules and guidelines produced jointly by private companies, organisations and public authorities. Standards help you to avoid pitfalls, establish good order and set levels of requirements for products and services.

Standards are found in all areas, for example, industry, IT, health care and environment. Most standards are European or international. This makes it easier for you to sell your products in different markets.

Read more about standards in the National Board of Trade’s fact sheet What are standards? or on the website of SIS, the Swedish Standards Institute

There you can also search for Swedish, European and international standards.

Are you uncertain about what standards you should follow?

Contact your industry organisation. It can give you information about what standards are used in your industry.


When you must prove that the requirements in a standard or a technical regulation have been met, you can have an independent organisation certify, test or control your product, service or process.

Read more about certification, control and testing

Certification, testing and control in Sweden

Swedac examines whether services that conduct analysis, testing, calibration, certification and control have the right competence and procedures. Approved services are accredited by Swedac. You can find out what accredited bodies there are in your area of operations on Swedac’s website.

Read more about accredited bodies on Swedac’s website (in Swedish)

Marking – compulsory and voluntary

Certain products require CE marking before they can be sold in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein (the EEA area). Through the CE marking the manufacturer guarantees that their product meets the EU’s special product safety requirements for that product.

CE marking is an example of a compulsory marking requirement. There are also voluntary markings to certify products and services.

Read more about product safety and compulsory and voluntary marking

Swedish standardisation bodies and industry organisations

The following are some examples of standardisation bodies and industry organisations that work on producing Swedish, European and international standards:

Read more about industry organisations on the website of the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (in Swedish)

Read more on the SIS website about how you can participate in standardisation work (in Swedish)

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Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

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