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CE Marking, What should comply?

28th April 2015

If you’re reading this and asking yourself whether your products have to have CE Marking, the answer is most probably “Yes”. This legislation, presented in the form of an EU Directive, covers an extensive range of products.

It’s a reflection on the importance of Europe as a world market that we have been targeted by manufacturers worldwide, all keen to win a slice of our spending, but many of whom have been promoting products that fail to meet our accepted national standards. The CE mark was introduced to show that a product is in compliance with the appropriate directives and standards. As a result any applicable product that does not carry CE Marking should not be sold and similarly CE Marking on a product permits enforcement agencies to withdraw any non-conforming products. Only CE Marked and compliant products may be legally placed on any of the 30 markets that make up the EU and EFTA (plus Switzerland), and move freely amongst them.

So what products are included? The following are some of the directives. Each carries a detailed description, and we’d be happy to help you to unpack the detail should any apply to your product. Please note that more than one directive may be applicable

2001/95/EC – General Product Safety Directive
2006/95/EC – Electrical Equipment designed for use within certain limits
87/404/EEC – Simple Pressure Vessels
88/378/EEC – Safety of Toys
89/106/EEC – Construction Products
2004/108/EC – Electromagnetic compatibility
89/686/EEC – Personal Protective Equipment
90/384/EEC – Non-automatic weighing instruments
90/383/EEC – Active Implantable Medical Devices
90/396/EEC – Appliances Burning Gaseous Fuels
92/42/EC – New hot-water boilers fired with liquid or gaseous fuels
93/15/EEC – Explosives for civil use
93/42/EC – Medical Devices
94/9/EC – Equipment and protective systems intended for use in explosive atmospheres
94/25/EC – Recreational Craft
95/16/EC – Lifts
97/23/EC – Pressure Equipment
2006/42/EC – Machinery
98/79/EC – In Vitro diagnostic medical devices
1999/5/EC – Radio Equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment
2000/9/EC – Cableway Installations designed to carry persons
2004/22/EC – Measuring Instruments

Remember that it’s the manufacturer or their representative who is responsible, so even if you’re importing a product from outside the EU / EFTA you’ll need to make sure that it is CE marked and compliant.

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