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CE Marking

Introduction to CE Marking

The CE Mark, CE Marking and CE Certification

Any manufacturer and are planning to export a product which falls within the scope of one or more of the markets in any of the member states of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) then it is necessary that you apply for CE marking of your products against the essential requirements of all the applicable directives. Please note that CE Mark is a mandatory mark for most (around 70%) of the products sold on the EU market.

The New Approach Directives will provide a range of compliance routes for the product and show you, usually in a modular format, the available routes to compliance.

You must then decide which is the best fit for your company set up and follow the routes detailed in the Directive. In many cases the compliance route will require you to use a Notified Body to assist with your certification. The essential requirements of the New Approach Directives differ from directive to directive and product to product.

If the new product directives apply to your products and you want to continue to export to the European market (or introduce new products), then CE Marking will be crucial to your success.

It is NOT unusual nowadays that non-EU manufacturers and exporters have had their product(s) seized by customs officials in the European Union at the worst or returned to them because they do not have the CE marking affixed to the product(s). The CE Marking can be, at the same time, of both benefits and disadvantages.


With this "passport" your products can easily gain access to the entire European Union (EU) plus European Free Trade Association (EFTA) market.

There will be only one set of laws and regulations for the entire marketplace which guide the designing, manufacturing and labeling of products. The multiple and conflicting national restrictions on regulated products will be eliminated. Thus the CE Marking on your product will make your trade with EU countries cheaper and easier.

Your product will be made safer for consumers and thus the damage claims and liability premiums will be reduced.


New product directives may exceed the current national laws and regulations. It may cost a manufacturer extra to modify the currently existed design and/or production line in order to continue exporting to or gain access to this huge European market.

Extra costs in obtaining the product Certificate of Registration for CE Marking and any, if applicable, required testing certification.


What is CE Marking

The CE mark is a mandatory European marking for certain product groups to indicate conformity with the essential health and safety requirements set out in European Directives. The letters 'CE' are an abbreviation of Conformité Européenne, French for European conformity. Without the CE marking, and thus without

The CE mark is not a quality-mark. First, it refers to the safety rather than to the quality of a product. Second, most quality markings are voluntary opposite to the CE marking, which is mandatory for the products it applies to. CE indicates conformity with mandatory European safety requirements. European conformity is certified by following clear and understandable procedures, the so-called ‘conformity assessment procedures’


Which product requires CE


Broad category Product range
Low voltage  (electrical equipment) Electrical equipment
Simple pressure vessels Welded vessels
Toys Products or material
Construction products Products
Electromagnetic  Apparatus
Machinery Machinery
Safety components
Personal protective equipment Devices or appliances
Units of several devices or appliances
Protective devices or appliances
Interchangeable components
Non-automatic weighing instruments Measuring instruments
Active implantable medical devices Instruments,  apparatus, appliances, material or other article, whether used alone or in combination (including any accessories or software necessary for its proper application)
Appliances burning gaseous fuels Appliances
Hot-water boilers Combined boiler-body units
Explosives for civil uses Materials and articles
Medical devices Instrument, apparatus, appliances, materials or other article, whether used alone or in combination (including the software necessary for its proper application)
Potentially explosive atmospheres Equipment
Protective Systems
Safety devices, controlling devices and regulating devices
Recreational craft Boats
Partly completed boats
Lifts Appliances
Safety components
Pressure equipment Vessels
Special accessories
Pressure accessories
Radio and Telecommunications terminal equipment Equipment
In vitro diagnostic medical devices Instruments, apparatus, appliances, materials or other articles, whether used alone or in combination (including the software necessary for its proper application)
Cableway installations designed to carry persons  
Marine equipment Equipment
Transportable pressure equipment Equipment
Refrigeration equipment Equipment
Noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors Equipment
Interoperability of the Trans-European high-speed rail system Components and accessories
Packaging and packaging waste  


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